MDA in the Community

The MDA Experiences Whanau have been active members in community service projects since its inception in 1989. Whether it be social or environmental initiatives, we pride ourselves on being strong advocates of Kaitiakitanga.





Share the Ride with Whanau: Give a child a bike and start a dream 


Everybody remembers the day they got their first bike. You remember it too. It inspired your sense of freedom and independence. Learning to ride a bike provides a child with a rewarding self-guided activity, a feeling of accomplishment that boosts self-esteem and shows that anything is possible if you work at it. 


An international programme introduced in New Zealand called Share the Ride is helping to give economically disadvantaged Rotorua kids the chance to embrace these benefits. 

Over 10 weeks, children learn riding skills, first aid skills, history of the forest, trail etiquette, bike maintenance, and tackle a range of mountain biking trails. In return for their dedication, they’re rewarded at Crankworx with brand new Giant bikes and Bell helmets thanks to Share the Ride donations. 


Even in a place like Rotorua where "everyone mountain bikes" it's easily missed that the demographic enjoying the experience is often quite narrow. Share the Ride makes it possible to reach out further into the wider community cultivating growth at the real grassroots. It not only shares the simple pleasures mountain biking can provide, but also means kids have the means to pedal their way to school and leisure activities, encouraging alternate carbon free forms of transportation. Cycling as a physical activity also provides children with an enjoyable form of physical fitness that not only helps develop motor skills, but when they ride with others, much needed social skills as well.


Since 2015, the MDA Experiences team have worked with over 50 families to Share the Ride and look forward to bringing even more people in the mountain bike community.

Since 2015, MDA Experiences and MTB Rotorua have been providing a unique opportunity for Rotorua Schools. Every year, Tak and Tu Mutu select one of the regions schools and offer the chance for EVERY student at the school to go mountain biking in the world famous forest. This has seen over 1000 students enjoy the delights of the riding on some of the worlds best trails at no cost to the schools or students.

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Every Tour Plants a Native: Trees that Count

For every premium experience or transfer that we host, MDA Experiences will plant a native tree here in Aotearoa. Just another one of our community initiatives to give back to both our people and our place.

By supporting native tree planting we’re playing an important role in reducing net CO2 emissions, strengthening New Zealand’s biodiversity and helping communities thrive.


Native trees can live for thousands of years. Unlike pine, they don’t need to be clear-felled and replanted – they keep thriving. Supporting native tree planting today will leave a legacy for future generations that we can be proud of. As well as helping create a healthier environment, we are growing natural playgrounds for the tamariki of tomorrow and sustenance to help our wildlife survive.


Share the Ride in Schools: Everyone should experience the thrill of riding in the Whakarewarewa Forest 

Sponsored Athlete: Tuhoto Ariki Pene

Cousin to owners Takurua and Tuhua Mutu, local Tuhourangi/Ngati Whakaue and downhill mountain biking champion Tuhoto Ariki Pene was an easy choice to get behind for MDA Experiences and Mountain Bike Rotorua. With a dedication to sport, a humble attitude and skills that compete with the worlds best, this young star is on his way to the top step. Tak and Tu presented a sponsorship deal for Tuhoto and look forward to providing both cash and mentoring to help him reach his goals. Here is what Tuhoto says about himself;

"I'm Tuhoto-Ariki and I'm 18 years old currently based in Maketu, New Zealand.  Since 2 years old, riding bikes has been my passion from the first moments of swinging a leg over that kids bike! From then on this passion has never stopped and continues greatly to this day and on. Along the way, ever since I was old enough to race in BMX, I have since won multiple NZ titles in junior classes and has taken me to compete at a world championship level internationally."


"In preparation for the New Zealand National Series I worked full time  6-8 months prior to be able to afford the expenses of competing at as many rounds as possible. I reaped the benefits and claimed the NZ 2019 National Downhill Series 1st place. Feeling good as I headed into 2019 Crankworx Rotorua with tough competition I walked away with 1st in Dual Slalom, 2nd in Air Downhill and 3rd in Downhill. All the hard work, time and effort put into my riding / racing has resulted with a very successful race in the Junior Elite class recently returning from Bright, Australia as the 2019 U19 Oceania Downhill Champion. With a taste of success and victory, I am hungry for more and ready to take it to the next level! "

"Last year with my consistent results in riding I was fortunate enough to qualify for UCI MTB World Cup Series 2018. With a lot of fundraising, working and support from my family, friends and sponsors; I was able to compete in multiple Crankworx events, three World Cups and the 2018 UCI MTB World Championships. Returning home as World 7. With my goal being to compete as a pro rider in the future and become a Downhill World Champion."

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