Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua

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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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  • Went as a group of 4 friends to Rotorua for the weekend. We bought a deal which allowed us to walk both the day & night for the price of one. The evening queue was extremely long, however worth the...  more »
  • You can walk this canopy at night. It brings a different view of the Forrest and as it is a self guided tour you can take time to see the lights hung up in the Forrest. Lots of walk ways and things....  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.

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