Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest
Redwoods Gift Shop & Visitor Centre
Whakarewarewa Thermal Village
Whakarewarewa Thermal Village is a living village where tangata whenua (the locals) still reside, as they have for centuries. The...
Bike hire and guided rides (two hours/half-day from $75/115) in the Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest.
Holiday Inn Rotorua
This hip suburban diner, with mega-checkerboard carpet and curvy wallpaper, is a bold move by reputable local restaurateurs. Try the...
Long Mile Rd, off Tarawera Rd · interesting places nearby
Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest information
This magical forest park is 3km southeast of town on Tarawera Rd. It was originally home to over 170 tree species (a few less now), planted from 1899 to see which could be grown successfully for timber. Radiata pine proved a hit (as evident throughout NZ), but it’s the mighty Californian redwoods that give the park its grandeur today.
Clearly signposted walking tracks range from a half-hour wander through the Redwood Grove to an enjoyable whole-day route to the Blue and Green Lakes. Most walks start from the Redwoods Gift Shop & Visitor Centre , where you can get maps and view displays about the forest. Aside from walking, the park is great for picnics, and is acclaimed for its accessible mountain biking . Mountain Bike Rotorua and Planet Bike offer bike hire, across the park off Waipa State Mill Rd.