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“Fabulous Experience in a Serene Forest” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest
Long Mile Road, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand
+64 7 3500110
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Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Rotorua
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Owner description: If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district. Entry to the forest, tracks and Gift Shop & Visitor Centre is FREE. There is lots of parking and toilet facilities available. Gates open at 5.30am and close at 8.30pm. Maps and information is available at the Redwoods Visitor Centre. Plus there is an i-site staff member available most of the time to help with accomodation and attraction bookings. Coffee cart on site and snacks and ice-creams too. Fantastic range of giftware specialising in native wooden gifts and NZ made products. Profits support track and facility maintenance.
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“Fabulous Experience in a Serene Forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

My first experience in a redwood forest was not in California in my home country, but at the Redwoods in Rotorua, New Zealand.

The site offers a variety of activities, and walks/hikes can vary greatly in length depending on the interests and abilities/ages of the visitors.

The scenery was just beautiful; the whole place was very serene and peaceful. I got lots of great photos.

The people in the visitors' center were most helpful.

Best of all, this attraction is FREE!!!! After coming from two attractions that charged $30+ NZ each person, the free entry made this site even more attractive. Highly recommended to all!

Visited March 2012
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“Very pretty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Really enjoyable walks, beautiful scenery- well worth a look!

Visited May 2012
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“Great Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Fantastic variety of walking, mountain biking & horse riding trails. Everything from beginners through to more demanding biking & hiking trails, through lovely redwood & bush. Lovely relief on hot summer days. Everything is well sign posted & very helpful info center, where you can purchase maps if you need to.
You can also take your dogs on the walks on leash or there is a park across from redwoods, where you can have them off leash.
Well worth the visit

Visited April 2012
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“EXCELLENT WALKS and FREE !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

This is a great place to walk under the big trees along well marked paths. Great place to walk on a sunny day. Must do in Rotorua.

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“Don't miss this amazing forest!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

This absolutely beautiful forest was little mentioned in most tourist information booklets, fortunately our B&B hosts recommended it to us. Go for a walk on the many paths it offers, the trees are so tall, the air is so fresh, the leaves are so green, and it's absolutely free!! You will fall in love with this forest.

Visited December 2011
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