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Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

Long Mile Road, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand
+64 7-350 0110
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Long Mile Road, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand
+64 7-350 0110
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Reviewed yesterday

We did this as an evening walk which was so beautiful. All the lanterns looked so amazing all lit up at night. Then we went back and did it again in daylight. The beauty of the red woods is just gorgeous. This is another magical...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you've not seen many forests this is just awe inspiring- plenty of photo opportunities. Great for the kids to experience the skyline walk. I didn't do the night walk but will be back for sure. My husband loves the tracks for running.

Thank Andylynn2015
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a wonderful forest, and a popular place for both runs and walks. We went on our first evening in Rotorua and had a great time doing the shortest trail. The forest is beautiful and the paths are well laid out and clear. There...More

Thank CTricity
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful walk through the forest. There are public toilets in the car park area. There is also a souvenir shop. We found areas where you could have a picnic. Not sure about biking and dog walking but I think you can. There are short tracks...More

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Today I went to Te Puia and Hells Gate thermal spa... together cost around 120 NZ$, this was free AND THE BEST BIT. Due to some mobility issues we did the 30min 'red walk' through the forest and it was beautiful, relaxing and enjoyable. It...More

2  Thank Jonathan E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We strolled the shortest walk here, the forest is very quiet. There was a strong wind blowing the day we were there but you wouldn't know inside the forest, it seems to have its own climate and definitely has its own atmosphere.

Thank BattlinAussie
Reviewed 6 days ago

Just a five minute drive (or 15 minute bike ride) from central Rotorua, in Whakarewarewa you feel in the middle of nature - pure nature. Just the track signs remind you of humans around. There's different walks/ hikes that vary in length and duration from...More

Thank jobst56
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A wonderful activity to do at night. The trees and surrounding vegetation were lit up creating a fairyland!

Thank Rachel L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great visitor center, with well marked trails for different levels of difficulty. 30 minute trek ok for elderly people with cane who are in good shape for a few steep spots. It took my mother and I almost an hour instead of 30 minutes. But...More

Thank Cr1717
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely way to finish a visit to Rotorua before driving north. Did one of the walking trails through the redwoods. Lots to see.

Thank jfrmck
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keshav m
How much time does it take to cover the Forest ?
11 January 2017|
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Response from Knuknuk | Reviewed this property |
There are six different treks you can do ranging from an hour to overnight. We did one for two hours and another for three. I don't recommend the yellow trek but the internal treks, the shorter ones, are beautiful. Very... More
hi there, just got a bit confused about The Redwoods...so it's actually a free-access (and free of charge) forest that we can go in any time (24/7)? even on Christmas day? and we don't need to get and tickets? "The Redwoods Tree Walk" is something (commercial) else - that you need to pay and walk on well-built/ developed pathway? thanks.
13 December 2016|
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Response from Denise M | Reviewed this property |
Recently walked at the Redwoods and enjoyed the new tree top walk which there is as cost $15 if over 65 otherwise $25. Only 8 people allowed at a time. It is a one way direction walk. Children cannot be carried obviously... More