The Redwoods Rotorua Reviews
Precious survivors of a botanic experiment Feb 04, 2011
The Redwood Whakarewarewa Forest is a highlight to visit for every nature lover. It's a wonderful forest located only a short drive from the town of Rotorua.
Whakarewarewa Forest was the first exotic forest in New Zealand back in the late 19th century because tree species from all over the world were planted (as a kind of experiment) to see which species could be used for a prosperous timber industry in NZ.
Nowadays the ground's highlight are doubtless the about six hectares of beautifully towering Coastal Californian Redwood trees. They truly remind of gracile and smooth, majestic and remaining giants (of the forest).
The Redwoods is a place you can either discover by hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. No matter which way you prefer a fun experience in the shade of these tremendous trees is guaranteed.
Don't forget to bring you camera because Whakarewarewa Forest is also a perfect setting for some unforgettable 'hug the Redwood' pictures.
The journey through these lovely surroundings is for free, and you can visit the forest at any time (even though the main gate to the parking lot is only open from 8.30am to late afternoon).
The thing I liked about the Redwoods is this feeling of being an actual part of nature instead of just watching from the sidelines. You can really dip into this pretty asset of thriving flora.
The Redwoods – a great place to discover for the whole family because you can both enjoy the outdoors and widen your horizons at the same time!
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One of the best free options in Rotorua Jan 02, 2011
The forest is a walking and biking park set within a forest of giant trees. There are well marked walking paths and biking tracks for all experience levels. I chose to ride the Dipper (2.8km of winding trails), which was fun and easy but with enough roots and dips to make it interesting. Definitely a good place to start to test your biking ability, especially if you haven't been on a bike in awhile like me!
There is a visitor centre with a cafe and gift shop. I rode to the park from my hostel, which took about 15 minutes. There is a shuttle service and I believe the town bus goes there as well. There is a bike rental agency at one of the entrances to the park.
Entrance is free and if you don't have your own bike, there are many companies in town that can rent mountain bikes. My hostel rented a bike for the day for $20. Rates from bike shops would be a bit more than this.
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