Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

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Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
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If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district. Entry to the forest, tracks and Gift Shop & Visitor Centre is FREE. There is lots of parking and toilet facilities available. Gates open at 5.30am and close late. Maps and information is available at the Redwoods I-Site and Visitor Centre. Don't forget to also check out the Redwoods Treewalk. This is available at the Redwoods and provides an alternative way to experience the Redwoods both during the day and at night. It is a paid attraction see their listing for more details.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,298 contributions
Nov 2021
These trees are a national treasure. The Redwoods originate from nothern California; they are said to the world's tallest living plants; You can see them in the United States. Yosemite National Park is their native habitat. The Redwoods have been transplanted to New Zealand. The trek through the New Zealand redwoods is a is a unique experience. The Redwood Forest is not far from Rotorua
Written 18 January 2022
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Terry
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
Jan 2022
As I have a fear of heights, it was more challenging for me. However, I did get the chance to view the surroundings and my family thoroughly enjoyed the lights.
Not connected to the site, my travel to the Redwood trees took us longer because our GPS system (in the car and smartphone) directed us to the quickest route but led us to a dead end (private land). Eventually we took the long road which got us there. Maybe worth doing some research here if you are from out of town.
Written 17 January 2022
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Caroline Greyvenstein
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
Jan 2022
We loved walking through the trees and seeing the night lights. It was something we wont forget. The lights showcased the 100+ year old trees in a fairytale way.
Written 9 January 2022
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Louise C
5 contributions
Jan 2022
Just had 6 days in Rotorua and couldn't keep away from this place, discovered the tracks and walks, Eastwood café and atmosphere was unlike anywhere we've been before. Thank you, Well be back!
Written 8 January 2022
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mccdzyne
Papamoa, New Zealand464 contributions
Jan 2022
Better half & I did the 35 Km Whakarewarewa Forest Loop trail last week - supposedly Grade 1/2 - would say more Grade 2/3 , especially if one is doing the trail on a hybrid . Not to much of a challenge for me - in fact loved it - the missus thought otherwise , she swore that would be the one and only time she would do it. It does have some downhill challenging parts , mainly tree roots and rocks and a few steep decline's thrown in. Its great that it's one way mostly , some spectacular views from parts , mostly under the tree canopy which was great the day we rode it - 27-28 degree mark. Started at Waipa Car park- two stops a t new carpark.toilet/showers and coffee/food stop near Blue Lake and then near the green Lake - great view stop. Took us 4 -4 1/2 hrs with weveral stops for faster mountain bikers to zoom past the missus. I would definitly do it again , probably more suitable for mountain bike's / e-bikes- we were on a couple of Hybrid E-bikes
which was OK for me , Recommended if your a trail cyclist - you only live once
Written 7 January 2022
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Viv Radley
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
Too many adult mountain bikers on Mokopuna Track!
Too much speed and scaring kids!
Need to keep it as Family with pushchairs or little kids bikes. Adult mountain bikers hsve plenty if other tracks to use!
Written 2 January 2022
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NZ35
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Asian lady in the information centre was extremely rude and had a stink attitude towards us 1/1 was going to do the tree walk but decided against it I'm not paying for her service. Done it a thousand times, never seen her before
Written 31 October 2021
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Ciaron M
Martinborough, New Zealand18 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
I would recommend doing one of the forest walks / mountain bike rides and having lunch at the main cafe at the end of the trail. The elevated tree walk was OK but the free walk in the forest better!
Written 5 October 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,298 contributions
Jul 2021
Redwoods are native to northern California, but in some areas with a suitable climate they can grow to a mighty size. After 100 years, they are still hardly saplings -- they may grow for more than 1,000 years. These giant redwoods are a national treasure, they are close to Rototua on New Zealand's North Island.
Written 1 September 2021
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stumblethru
Melbourne, Australia70 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
We really loved the Redwoods, particularly the amazing treetop walk. We took the option to do the first treetop walk in the late afternoon. It was amazing to walk between the trees via the swing bridges - albeit a little unnerving! The trees are stunning and majestic, and it is so interesting to read how the forest came to be, and how it is being managed and maintained. At the moment they have a buy one get another visit free to come back at night, when the forest is all lit up with lights and lighting installations. It really looks incredible and is not to be missed. Also, make sure you take the time to wander around the paths. We took an easy 2km loop to explore around, but there are longer options. A must do for your visit to Rotorua.
Written 19 August 2021
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