If you ever wanted to hug a huge tree, this is your chance! The Redwoods & Whakarewarewa Forest Park in Rotorua is famous for its spectacular sequoias. The national park’s biggest sequoia is circa 72m tall and measures 169 cm in diameter. So I am approximately as long as the tree’s width… whoosh!
The Whakarewarewa Forest is located in Rotorua – a must-see spot in the North Island of New Zealand. Whilst the entire country is an adventure playground, Rotorua has it both: culture & adventure! And of course nature, but if there is one spot in the world for which you don’t need any photoshop skills it’s New Zealand. So incredible and epic nature is just a given no matter where you are in New Zealand.
Rotorua is especially known for its Maori culture and its geothermal activity. So most people who are travelling in New Zealand have Rotorua on their bucket list anyway, even if it is just to see the 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser which erupts many times per day. So make sure you don’t only learn about Maori culture and geysers but also hug some huuuuuge trees :)
Once you are in the Redwoods & Whakarewarewa Forest you can decide whether you are up for a shorter or a longer walk or whether you actually would like to explore the sequoia trees by bike or even on a horse. When we visited the Whakarewarewa Forest we were of course again a bit short on time. We had visited the Pohutu Geyser before and had to wait a bit long for it to erupt which entirely messed up our schedule, damn you geyser!
So we decided to opt for the short walking route that takes around one hour. It was getting dark so I doubt we would have had time to do a longer route anyway. So even if you are short on time, not a keen trekker or have a bunch of little kids with you, stopping at the Redwoods & Whakarewarewa Forest park is still a good idea. They even have a treewalk in case you feel like walking through the incredible nature a few metres higher than the other people. Below are a few photos that I took while doing the short trek during the Redwoods & Whakarewarewa Forest so you know what to expect :) Oh, and while you are in the area, up for some grade 5 white water rafting with a 7m fall?