The Redwoods

The Redwoods

Walking Tracks - Whakarewarewa Forest

Reviews

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

23Sept18. Great park with loads of walks. It looked like the walks would be ok in wet weather but don’t hold me to that!
It seemed that most tourists do the shorter walks. We did a longer one and most of the time felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. No chance of getting really lost though as the walks are well signed.
The visitor centre is touristy as you might imagine. We liked the look of the treetop walk but felt it a little too expensive for us and anyway the walk options are so good.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

23Sept18. Brill place with free walks. You could feel lost within the woods but the different trails are well marked.
The Centre is good but tourist orientated. We would have liked to do the treetop walk but we decided the $25 each was too much.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Chloe B

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful tracks and forest! There are many options to choose from ranging from short 30 minute walks to the 8 hour hike. Loads of bike trails around the area too. A popular place but extremely spacious to share

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rado Hank

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice, relaxing day.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Francesca Scott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A great selection of walks ranging from strolls to longer hikes, all in the beautiful forest. Wished we had time to go back and do another of the walks.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Signe Frank-Lassoe

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Great, easy and free. The trees are amazing and the one hour trail was perfect for us to bring our bany on.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Thomas Kindler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Impressive redwood forest, just for walking, many different walks are possibly and at no cost!! Full of people though.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Michel and Susanne

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk through an amazing forest. These trees are wonderful, I can highly recommend this walkway.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Antoine

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great forest, great walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Suzannah Hill

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great short tree walk high in the canopy. Safe and child friendly. Informative information boards along the walk. A great hour spent.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Maaike

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

The walk was nice, but sometimes the directions was not really clear.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jonathan Verschuuren

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk, although it was among non-native trees.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Evan Lloyd

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome walk through the Redwoods and up to the lookout where you can see the geyser.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Leonie Brabers

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice views of the forest, volcanic/thermal area, stunning climb. The last part of the track is following a long paved road. Not a nice ending of a great walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Tome

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful forest with great red trees and many different birds. The path was very nicely set for people to walk on. The scenery is astonishing with the whole forest life surrounding us throughout the walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Susanne

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A very spectacular area with nice walks of various ambitions.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Jemima Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Great views of thermal springs from above. Good information point and lots of choices for walks. Some more information would be good. Still good fun.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Josh Bird

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

We took the Yellow Trail. A two hour walk which only gets steeper as you divert to the lookout over the thermal springs. You could wait there to see the big geyser blow its top.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Jeanne Minor

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was beautiful, we made a one hour walk. I listened to the nature and enjoyed the day.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Antonia Gillett

England

Ranking: 10/10

We did a short 15 minute walk from the carpark and liked it. Very calming beneath the huge trees. Definitely worth a look!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Maria Eriksson

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Very dramatical but beautiful walk throughout the enormous trees. You could also walk up in the trees on a built trail but it was way too expensive for me. I liked the trail from the ground better.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Menguy Thibault

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice easy walk with a great native vegetation (2 hours). You can see many of these red trees! Refreshing on a hot summers day.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jendrik

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk circuit through the Redwoods. Not too long and suitable for families. I would do it again!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Tim

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice one hour walk circuit through the Redwoods. It is not too long and suitable for families. Would do it again!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Susanne Breudel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk with a fantastic forest, the best choice to do this walk in summer because of the cool breeze and the shade.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jacqui Sinclair

Ranking: 10/10

A great place for a walk, 30 mins to 8 hrs, or for mountain biking or horse riding. You can pay $15 for a treetop walk, which is cool. There are funky clean toilets, good coffee and an information centre/shop. Great for a cloudy day and budget conscious traveller.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Daniel

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

The walk in the Redwood Forest is really beautiful, but the extended track is quite uninteresting most of the time. Free.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ruben Toorwe

Belgium

Ranking: 6/10

Nice walk, well maintained, park is well organised.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Pat Dye

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice. Beautiful. Well worth doing for a few hours or more.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Mikkel Palleson

Denmark

Ranking: 1/10

Beautiful trees and nice calm feeling in the forest - great walks for all levels, very peaceful.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Matte Stemkowitz

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Lots of different walks. We did the longest one and it was quite nice but became a bit boring over the hours.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Leanna Wyer

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful walk through the forest. The information site has plenty of walks to do depending on how long you want to hike for. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Patrick Baritz

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Giant trees! So the centre of the park is nice but there is a longer walkway which is really not worth it!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Jonathan Foskett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walks through the Redwood Forest from short 30 minute strolls to longer routes around the whole area.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Kay Radloft

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

For me they were just not that impressive by walking! I think better if you are mountain biking.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Chris Simpson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning forest setting with amazing giant Redwoods. Great views out across Rotorua (if you climb the hill!). Good facilities, information and walks. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Iwona

Spain

Ranking: 6/10

If you are in Rotorua, you should visit. But just to go to Rotorua for that it would not be recommended. There are several walks through the forest, all well marked. The Redwoods are nice, but for my taste all too artificial.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Nice if you haven't seen redwoods before.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Suzanne Vermeulen

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

We probably chose the wrong path with the 2hr yellow loop. This loop gets you along a logging site without trees and a busy road for the last 2km. Not so much to see during the walk as well. Worthwhile point was the lookout, you have a nice view of Te Puia and can see the geyser Puhutu - without paying the NZD 48 entrance fee.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Kathi

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice different walks, you can choose for every fitness level the right track, beautiful lookouts and great toilets.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ricky White

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing 50m + Redwoods. Sight to be seen from underneath looking up at them swaying in the wind. Very cool fresh springs are an added bonus to this great spot. Must see.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Laina Black

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Gorgeous big redwoods. Amazing size, and in amongst them - fresh springs that gush out millions of litres of water every hour.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Zuzana Holubova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 6/10

Great walk around the blue and green lake, takes 8 hours, sometimes the signage is not visible.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Derek

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Nice view.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Romina Bolz

Ranking: 7/10

Amazing landscape and very long and hard walk.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Rebecca Alt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful forest which offers you a lot to do.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Julian Roots

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The Redwood forest is a must when visiting Rotorua. Beautiful, tranquil and free. The visitor centre is an excellent facility with lovely wood turned utensils using local wood and craftsmen.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Ken Richardson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Top class tracks.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Gale Willcocks

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

5 minutes from town. Easy 45 minute track through gorgeous Redwood forest.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Katya Verikaitis

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Bit of an irritating walk along highway but beautiful walking tracks, also lots of mountain biking tracks, gorgeous redwood trees.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Timo Maschke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic possibility for short or longer walks with many tall Redwood trees.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Anita Aleva

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Great, free accessible walk in the forest next to Rotorua with amazing, giant red trees (originating from California).

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Birds Tubbs

England

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely tracks through Redwoods and forest. Selection of time walks on a loop.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Jim Addicott

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful and well organised!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Stefan

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Impressing forest with well-marked walks and nice viewpoints.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Hannah Bean

England

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant - lots of different length walks to go on. Plaques on trees to give information about trees, really good.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Andrew Koster

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Mark & Beth Kaufman

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful forest walk through a lush forest around Blue Lake.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Lardy

France

Ranking: 8/10

Lots of walkways, in a forest with really big trees and a strange spirit. +++

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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mr Schumader

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful walk, guide.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Matthew Franklin

England

Ranking: 7/10

Choice of several well marked walks through the forest. Not the wildest excursion, but very pleasant and we got to see a geyser erupting for good measure.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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TheBigLebowski

United States

Ranking: 9/10

A strange experience as we hike through redwood forests at home but the birdlife was so different. Close your eyes and stand still & you hear a delightful chorus of birdsong. Nice cool place on a hot day.
Worth going through the redwoods to the other areas. We chose an easy hike of about 3 hours.
For us it the giant redwood forest was less exciting than hiking through native NZ rainforest & because of the height of the trees, there were fewer scenic vistas but good views back to Rotorua.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2011

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Petersen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk and funny for the kids.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Stefan Morris

Canada

Ranking: 4/10

Good track if your into seeing a few redwood trees, a couple of nice views of the city, not quite worth the walk though.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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C Gobl

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Nice shady forest of massive Redwood trees that have 5 or 6 walking/bike paths mapped out for up to 8 hours! Free of charge - fantastic!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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pipling

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk, varies quite a bit, especially like the areas with the huge ferns. Best of all, no mosquitoes!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Andy & Louise Dutton

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Multitude of tracks varying upon fitness and time. Very pretty place.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Grant

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

An awesome canopy of huge Redwood trees. Plenty of birdlife, 5 or 6 walks of different times and lengths. If you only do 1 walk go here!!.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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kempt

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful - the trees are so huge. You can walk, mountain bike or ride your horse in this area. But many people we spoke didn't know about the fact that the trees are now a memorial to forestry workers who served in the War.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Will Jemma

England

Ranking: 9/10

Well signposted shortwalks with stunning views.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Mike Kirchner

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice tracks

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Irene Turley

England

Ranking: 7/10

really good walks through forests - lots of giant redwoods. clearly marked.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Lionel Mouesca

France

Ranking: 8/10

Peaceful and magnificent forest. Great for relaxing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Sandie Chan

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great walks in clean air.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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robineth

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful forest with California red high trees. Nice track even in rainy weather. 30 mins to 3 hours.

Reviewed over 10 years ago