Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua

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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. Put Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest and other Rotorua attractions into our Rotorua tour planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This feels like such a step into nature, and a breath of deep forrest. Easy navigation and lots of different levels of stroll to trek. Added bonus is a light show for after dark or upscale if the budg...  more »
  • We had a great day walking through the forest of gorgeous ancient trees. It's a free activity that families can enjoy.  more »
  • This is only about a five minute drive from town but you'll feel like you're much further away. You can walk on the clearly marked trails for five minutes or five hours. Some trails are flat and some ...  more »