Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

Forest in Rotorua

This magical forest park is 3km southeast of town on Tarawera Rd. From 1899, 170 tree species were planted here to see which could be grown successfully for timber. Mighty Californian redwoods (up to 72m high) give the park its grandeur today. Walking tracks range from a half-hour wander through the Redwood Grove to a whole-day route to the Blue and Green Lakes. Several walks start from the Redwoods i-SITE, where you'll also find the spectacular Redwoods Treewalk.

Aside from walking, the forest is great for picnics, and is acclaimed for its accessible mountain biking. There are close to 100km of tracks to keep bikers of all skill levels happy for days on end. Note that not all tracks in the forest are designated for bikers, so adhere to the signposts. Pick up a trail map at the i-SITE. Mountain Bike Rotorua and Planet Bike offer bike hire, across the park off Waipa State Mill Rd, where there are also toilets and a shower. At the time of research, a professional-standard BMX track was being constructed in this section of the park.