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New Zealand's Redwood Forest has been illuminated by a new nocturnal tourism experience

Rotorua’s Redwood Forest has always been a hugely popular attraction in New Zealand, but it has now been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights.

New Zealand's Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights.Image: Redwoods Treewalk
New Zealand’s Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights. Image: Redwoods Treewalk

According to Tourism New Zealand, the new night-time experience will feature a network of lights and 30 custom-made 2.5m tall lanterns. It will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the forest under the shroud of darkness, and will make the forest come to life at night in what has been described as a “magical and surreal experience.”

New Zealand's Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights.Image: Redwoods Treewalk
New Zealand’s Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights. Image: Redwoods Treewalk

The lights have been created by New Zealand designer, David Trubridge, in conjunction with Redwoods Treewalk. The treewalk is the longest suspended walkway of its kind in the world, consisting of 23 elevated swing-bridges and living platforms, and is Rotorua’s newest eco-tourism attraction.

New Zealand's Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights. Image: Tourism Media
New Zealand’s Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights. Image: Tourism Media

Trubridge and his team found inspiration for the designs in New Zealand native birds, including; the ruru (owl), karearea (falcon) and miromiro (tomtit). In addition to the Trubridge lighting, over 40 infinite colour spots and feature lights will illuminate the 115-year-old redwood trees, forest ferns and pungas. Some of the lights are suspended over 25 metres above the ground, while others are installed to circle the trees.

New Zealand's Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights. Image: Tourism Media
New Zealand’s Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights. Image: Tourism Media

“The Trubridge design team and the arborists at the Treewalk worked hard to place the lights in areas embracing the natural beauty of the forest, to provide dramatic contrast for visitors,” says Rotorua local and Treewalk director Kellie Thomasen.

New Zealand's Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights. Image: Tourism Media
New Zealand’s Redwood Forest has been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights. Image: Tourism Media

Nightlights will be open daily and shining bright until at least 10pm in the summer and 8pm during the winter season.

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