Rotorua's mountain bike trail network at the Whakarewarewa Forest has been named among the six best in the world, according to the International Mountain Biking Association.
The IMBA has renewed Rotorua's status as a gold-level ride centre with executive director Dave Wiens describing the gold level accreditation as "the best of the best".
"Rotorua has what so many destinations aspire to have, and their commitment to mountain biking is evidenced in their status renewal. The trails and facilities for mountain bikers are world-class," he says.
In their assessment of Rotorua the IMBA noted many of the Whakarewarewa trails were built by mountain bikers and "capture the riding experience mountain bikers crave".
"Rotorua offers rides for every level of mountain biker - from family fun to expert level - as well as details like excellent trail maps, central accommodation and a plethora of bike rental options."
IMBA's recognition was welcomed by Destination Rotorua chief executive Michelle Templer, who says people come from across the world to ride the trails, and attend bike events such as Crankworx.
A 2018 economic impact study revealed that people who ride in Rotorua's Whakarewarewa forest contribute between $30m and $50m in spending annually to the local economy.
Deputy Mayor Dave Donaldson, who is chairman of the board for Crankworx Rotorua, describes the gold level status renewal as "a sensational achievement".
"It acknowledges the continued passion, enthusiasm and commitment the Rotorua community has to keeping the trails in such a fantastic condition.
"It is also no accident that Rotorua is blessed with an ever increasing range of businesses and services, employing over 300 people, to cater to every rider's requirements."
Rotorua was first assigned the IMBA gold status in 2015.