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. 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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  • Walking through the towering redwoods is an incredible experience. We loved this diversion from all of the volcanic activity in the area. Visiting this area by bike from the city center would make a....  more
    Walking through the towering redwoods is an incredible experience. We loved this diversion from all of the volcanic activity in the area. Visiting this area by bike from the city center would make a....  more »
  • A beautiful Redwood forest in a natural setting with a treetop canopy walk that can also be done at night, which is an absolutely magical experience not to be missed 
    A beautiful Redwood forest in a natural setting with a treetop canopy walk that can also be done at night, which is an absolutely magical experience not to be missed  more »
  • Amazing place to visit, tranquil and awe inspiring. Did the day and night walk on the same day for maximum impact. All the staff were great but Harry gets a 5 star for going above and beyond, with... 
    Amazing place to visit, tranquil and awe inspiring. Did the day and night walk on the same day for maximum impact. All the staff were great but Harry gets a 5 star for going above and beyond, with...  more »
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  • One of the most amazing forests I've seen located within a city! Plenty of activity here, such as mountain biking and walking tracks. If you go through the vistors center there is a tree top walk and flying fox which you can pay and enter. Everything else is free and there's plenty of parking. Walking tracks start from the visitors center, take the red track for a quick 30min walk. Amazing place to visit both during the day and at night. Walking tracks can be seen in my photos.
  • This is one beautiful forest with plenty of large majestic trees. I could spend all day soaking up the scenery. There is one set of toilets at the front entrance along with a small shop. I wouldn't recommend use of wheelchairs or strollers as the tree roots are everywhere! There are horses around the tracks which is great to see and loads of mountain bike riders. You can opt to take a short track which is good for small children (follow the signs) will be coming back for sure!
  • We went for a hike and took the Pohaturoa track (yellow arrows) which took us a little over 2 hours. The trail had many beautiful lookouts facing both the mountains and the lake, and many photo opportunities amongst the trees. The first part of the route is mostly under the open sky, and the latter part being covered in the forest. The track itself was relatively smooth; easy to intermediate in difficulty. I would highly recommend this track to anyone who loves nature to experience these trails for themselves!
  • Well this has to be one of NZ’s best kept secrets. We took the 30 minute walk experience - so lovely & not a “hard” walk at all. We went during the day so we could experience the walk but the nighttime tree walk is also very special
  • Such a cool place to explore. We always come here when we visit Rotorua. Its a great spot to visit with friends or family. The views of the trees are amazing. An awesome experience.

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