Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua

4.8
#2 of 31 in Parks in Rotorua
Bike or hike through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, a pristine natural world featuring a spectacular stand of giant California Coast redwood trees. Just 5 km (3.1 mi) from downtown Rotorua, "the Redwoods" (as the forest is locally known) serve as a 55,000 hectare (135,000 acre) playground for adventurous visitors wishing to experience New Zealand's lush wilderness by walking, cycling, or horseback riding. Considered one of the world's top mountain biking locations, the forest offers more than 160 km (99 mi) of trails catering to both beginner and expert riders. Be sure to check out routes wittily named "Be Rude Not To" and "Gunna Gotta." Hikers can explore a network of scenic trails, many of which offer sweeping views of Rotorua. Take a look at our Rotorua sightseeing planner to schedule your visit to Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Not only is the visit itself great but the reception and assistance were fantastic. Ken and Izuma greeted and accompanied us at the purchase counter so that we could benefit from a special rate for our handicapped son, they were full of attention and our day there was memorable. Thank you!
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  • Noah loved the place while we all enjoyed the walk and the staff is friendly and helpful. There is many options and there is some options free other options with admission.  more »
  • It was very hot when we were here so we loved going in the late afternoon. Free to park and wander round or follow paths. Our young children loved running round playing with sticks and it’s very peace...  more »
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  • Awesome trail network, rebuilt hub at base. Has a bike hire shop along with repairs and a cafe, showers as well for $2. Very well set up. Trails are great and has a huge range for many riding types.
  • We were hesitant in doing the Redwood Tree walk as we had to pay for it and the weather was not great, but a local suggested us to go to the Redwood park. The Treewalk is near the visitor center, and this is where you can get a map with free walks along the trees. It allows you to make up your mind and decide what to do. There are different walks from short to longer ones. We did the short one as we were expecting rain and it gave us a really good feel of the place. The sight, even though it was overcast, was beautiful. I am sure we would have taken the longer one if the weather was cooperative with us. The paths are easy to find and in good condition. I would suggest to wear closed shoes. I would highly suggest to wander within those giants!
  • It's one of my favourite stop in Rotorua. The 60 minutes walk is a must for me. It's glad to know that the place is under the way of upgrading and I am looking forward to it.
  • Perfect place to take a walk surrounded by trees. Easy accessibility and a car park right next to the forrest ! I definitely recommend to go check this place, have a peaceful moment. Nature is always gorgeous when you have time to look around
  • Best mountain biking trails in the north island, whether you shuttle downhill runs or pedal to the top with any amount of experience there is fun to be had
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