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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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We visited mid afternoon and found almost no line, and took our time going around. A fun picturesque, beautiful experience; something surreal being up amongst the Redwoods, looking down on the rest.... more »
We did the day tour and thought it was fabulous, saw a Rururu in the afternoon. We then went back for the night tour and were blown away! The light show turns the canopy into a magical wonderland... 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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