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The Isuzu Utes Whaka 100 presented by Rotorua NZ, is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and toughest mass-participation mountain biking event, held in Rotorua, New Zealand. It takes place annually on Labour Weekend, this year on 20-22 October 2023. Attracting everyone from international athletes and Olympians to weekend warriors and beginners, the Whaka 100 has a selection of challenging distances and courses that make the most of Rotorua’s unique and world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest trail network.​

KEY FACTSOver 3,000 participants from international athletes and Olympians to beginners and families.

New Zealand’s largest cycling event in 2022

Whaka 100 hosts the UCI Cross Country MTB Marathon and Eliminator National Championships for 2023-2025

Seven events include:

  • Whaka Kids 5km Fun Ride
  • Whaka 10km Fun Ride
  • Whaka 25km
  • Whaka 50km
  • Whaka 100km (XCM UCI Cross Country MTB National Championship)
  • Whaka Miler
  • Whaka Eliminator (XCE UCI MTB National Championship)

The Whaka 100 benefits the Rotorua economy across the year, generating over $4.5m annually, with over $1.5m on event weekend (2020)

Whaka 100 is a major donor to the Rotorua Trails Trust and First Response service through entry sales. Participants are also able to add on a further voluntary donation.


  • 20-22 October 2023, Labour Weekend annually
  • Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, New Zealand

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