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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. Take a look at our Rotorua sightseeing planner to schedule your visit to Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Tours to Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $22
Duration: 6 hours
Rotorua Duck Tours - Fully Guided City and Lakes Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $44
Duration: 90 to 105 minutes
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest Reviews
This was a highlight of our trip . The whole family was blown away with how cool this was we timed it right with minimal crowds. Fairly priced good times yewww. more »
This experience was out of this world! We did the circuit just before sunset and took our time to ensure we got a view in the dark which was a completely different experience! A must do while in Rotor... more »
Awesome trail network, rebuilt hub at base. Has a bike hire shop along with repairs and a cafe, showers as well for $2. Very well set up. Trails are great and has a huge range for many riding types.
We were hesitant in doing the Redwood Tree walk as we had to pay for it and the weather was not great, but a local suggested us to go to the Redwood park. The Treewalk is near the visitor center, and this is where you can get a map with free walks along the trees. It allows you to make up your mind and decide what to do. There are different walks from short to longer ones. We did the short one as we were expecting rain and it gave us a really good feel of the place. The sight, even though it was overcast, was beautiful. I am sure we would have taken the longer one if the weather was cooperative with us. The paths are easy to find and in good condition. I would suggest to wear closed shoes. I would highly suggest to wander within those giants!
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