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Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

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Address: Long Mile Road, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-350 0110
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful...

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 at 8.30pm. Maps and information is available at the Redwoods Visitor Centre. Plus there is an i-site staff member available most of the time to help with accomodation and attraction bookings. Coffee cart on site and snacks and ice-creams too. Fantastic range of giftware specialising in native wooden gifts and NZ made products. Profits support track and facility maintenance.

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Simply superb among the trees on the ground or up off the ground on the tree top walk. The forest is a great environment to be in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Simply superb among the trees on the ground or up off the ground on the tree top walk. The forest is a great environment to be in.

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Sun City West, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a surprise. Giant redwoods like you find in California - because they were a gift from California! Lovely and cool on a hot day. See the famous New Zealand ferns.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of options of trails and a helpful visitor center. Once you get going, the trails are well marked and easy to follow. The redwoods are a bit newer than those in the US, but still quite stately and made for a peaceful hike through the woods.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely scenic outing! Good for families right through to those wanting to connect with nature and have a solo walk through paradise, and everybody inbetween.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm from central Canada, and was travelling with a woman from the western USA who thought it very funny I was making a point of seeing redwoods in New Zealand, but hey, I haven't been to northern California! While the trees are not quite as dramatically huge as you'll find in California, they are still seriously impressive. I really enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cant ask for much more with such a beautiful and expansive site! You could pay extra for the tree top walk but we could not justify the cost. Definitely recommend this for families - well worth your time for a nice nature walk.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great tour of the living village. Our guide Keisha was great. Knowledgeable and fun. Thirty years since last visit to Rotorua Thanks

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We greatly enjoyed a walk here. Entry is free, parking is free, walking paths are free. Forget the exorbitantly priced hanging walkway. We took one of the short ground trails and thoroughly enjoyed it with our children.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of joggers and people exercising their dogs on the trails. More of a local spot than a tourist spot. Nicely maintained and well marked trails for walking/hiking. Good time estimates provided at information desk (I site) on location. Cooler temperatures as it is protected from the sun, a welcomed break from the heat. A good way for the kids... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a wide variety of walks in the forest and one of the walks also gives you a good view on Te Puia. You can see the geyser erupt. The huge redwood trees are beautiful and the forest is great to walk through. Don't miss it!

Thank François V

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