Redwoods Forest Whakarewarewa Tours
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Rotorua is a place of geysers, mud pools, Maori villages, and lakes, but it’s also rung by Redwood forests that house some of the world’s best mountain biking. Here in the Redwoods Forest Whakarewarewa, just minutes from the center of town, visitors will find a network of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding that weave through towering Redwoods. Though the area was planted for commercial forestry, it’s also become a favorite spot for outdoor recreation, where mountain bikers fly thousands of miles for the chance to experience the trails.
You don’t have to be a pro biker, however, to enjoy Redwoods Forest Whakarewarewa; the network of trails has options that cater to all different levels of riders, and one of the best ways to experience the forest is on a guided mountain bike tour. You can also just simply stroll through the forest, enjoying the sights and smells. At just 1.5 miles, the Redwood Grove Memorial track has the largest collection of Redwoods, and can be extended to over 2 miles by following the Waitawa Walk Loop.
Insider's Tip: The trails are often nicest in the morning, and you’ll likely stay longer than expected.
All trails are well signposted and designated for certain use, and keep an eye out for logging trucks when biking along the service roads. The Redwoods Visitor Center is open from 8:30am-5pm daily and can provide info on trail conditions as well as maps of the forest. For hiking, all trails begin from the Visitor Center, whereas mountain biking begins off of Waipa State Mill Road.
Address: Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
7 Tours and Activities to Experience Redwoods Forest Whakarewarewa
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You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
Located just five minutes from downtown Rotorua, the Whakarewarewa Forest features 100 miles (160 km) of twisting mountain bike trails. Book your bike hire for a half-day ride through this redwood terrain, considered one of the region’s top trail networks. You’ll find a variety of paths for all abilities on this self-guided bike tour.
Even on the cloudiest night, the New Zealand glowworm lights up the darkness in a lucky few spots across the country. This short evening bush-walk departing from Rotorua involves a short drive, a walk through picturesque native bush and the chance to see these increasingly rare creatures. Tack this tour onto the end of a thrilling day in Rotorua instead of hiring a car for an almost two-hour drive west to visit the exceedingly popular Waitomo Caves. This is one of the easiest ways to experience Aotearoa’s unique glowworm habitats.
Deluxe small group tour from Rotorua with your personal driver guide for the day! Discover and experience, Rotorua's most popular & unique visitor attraction Te Puia with highlights stops along the way. Walk through a landscape, where steam rises all around you, the water boils and geysers erupt high into the air. The mud pools bubble and jump and the earth is heated from geothermal activity under foot. Be in awe as you catch a rare sighting of the Kiwi bird in its nocturnal enclosure. This is the homeland of the Maori people! Listen and learn the history and stories on a fully guided tour, then take your seat to experience and expressive, meaningful cultural show with songs and dance including the world famous Haka. Explore Rotorua's top highlights including The Redwood Forest, Lake Rotorua, the Government Garden, Blue Baths, Rachels spring, Klamath rose gardens, the Museum and Kairua park. A perfect tour for everyone, which offers so much to see and do in just one day.
Discover Rotorua on a 1.5-hour duck tour. This sightseeing adventure takes you aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle — able to travel on land and water. Start with a city tour past Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and more before splashing down into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. Enjoy family fun along the way with a provided duck caller, and listen to live commentary about Rotorua’s history and local landmarks.
See more of New Zealand's top attractions with a small group on this full-day tour from Rotorua. Take a scenic drive to Te Puia where geysers shoot into the air, see a live Haka performance and learn about Maori culture, drive through the enchanting Redwood Forest and more. This tour is ideal for those who are short on time and want to discover the best that Rotorua has to offer.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Lying to the south east of Auckland, Rotorua is a land of geothermal pools, steaming geysers, and ancient Maori history. With this tour, explore Rotorua and take in the top attractions with ease. Hop into your vehicle and spin to sites of interest such as Government Gardens, Kuirau Park, Ohinemutu, the Polynesian Spa, and the Redwoods Forest. Stop along the way to capture the sites on camera, and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s geothermal activities and Maori traditions.
Take a tour in your own private minivan with an experienced local guide. This Private tour is for a group of up to 8 people. Your day will include amazing scenery from stunning white sandy beaches, to boiling mud pools and beautiful forests. The main attraction is a visit to Waiotapu There is so much to see and experience in this stunning part of New Zealand. Choose an attraction to visit or enjoy all the "Freebies" this area offers. I can customise your day. Do as much or as little as you choose. Its "Your Day Your Way". Have a great day out with your own Private guide. "FREEBIES": - Sandy Beaches and beautiful countryside - Kiwi fruit tasting and orchard visit (time permitting) - Lake Rotorua and the Redwood Forest (time permitting) - Rotorua City Government Gardens (time permitting) EXTRAS - Waiotapu Geothermal Reserve - Entry Fee additional - Lunch
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What's the best way to experience Redwoods Forest Whakarewarewa?
The best ways to experience Redwoods Forest Whakarewarewa are:
- Half-Day Self-Guided Mountain Bike Journey through Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest
- Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour
- Rotorua Day Tour Te Puia - Geysers - Maori Performance - Redwoods & Kiwi Bird
- Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour
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