Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua

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Must see · Forest · Nature / Park
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. Our Rotorua sightseeing planner makes visiting Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest and other Rotorua attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Lovely walk in the trees, long queues for the evening walk with the lighting but we’ll worth it. I’d recommend this.  more »
  • We bought the day and night package and we LOVED it. Both times. I think this is great value and soooooo worth doing as a n attraction while in Rotorua  more »
  • We chose to go for the night redwoods. The way the lights are setup makes it feel like Christmas. The staff are all lovely, but there was a bit of a wait as it was busy. A short moment of conquering.....  more »
  • Highly recommend going here! Tracks for all levels of fitness/abilities. Plenty of options for prams and even wheel chairs. Lots of free parking up and down. There is also a dog park to take your dog off leash (dogs are able to go in the redwoods whilst on a lead too) Such a peaceful place to go and wonder and just enjoy being immersed in nature. Love it, there’s something very magical about being here.
  • California Redwoods planted and thriving in New Zealand. Wonderful. We are so glad we stopped and walked through this forest. Magnificent trees. Magical. Not just the Redwoods, but all of the Ferns as well.
  • A great place for a walk through the great redwood trees and tree ferns. Track routes vary in length and are clearly marked. Cycle routes are also available although we didn't use them.
  • Perfect place to take a walk surrounded by trees. Easy accessibility and a car park right next to the forest. There is an abundance of lovely paths leading through the scenery, and the forest is just magnificent. All courses are well preserved, and the landscapes are rather diverse. It's not extremely crowded, and the best thing is Its free of charge.
  • Walking among the Redwood, you feel so small. Some of the canopy are so tall and dense you cannot spot the sunlight. Would like to try the cycle trail if I should re-visit. The skywalk looks interesting too. Take your time, do not rush through.

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