Whakarewarewa Forest, the Redwoods


Known to locals as ‘The Redwoods’, the 55,000ha Whakarewarewa Forest is a perfect playground for walkers, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers with magnificent stands of towering native and exotic trees.

Rotorua is New Zealand’s mountain biking mecca with Red Bull rating the Whakarewarewa trails in the top eight of the world and Australian Mountain Bike Magazine claiming them to be the best. You’ll see why when you explore the 145km (and growing) labyrinth of over 60 trails catering for everyone from beginners to experts alike.

For those on foot, there is an array of hiking and running trails from short easy circuits to full day hikes which start off in the majestic Redwood Grove. Going further afield will take hikers through a diverse range of native plants and exotic trees, leading to spectacular views of Rotorua.

Mountain Bike Map - The Redwoods, Whakarewarewa

Walking Trails - The Redwoods, Whakarewarewa


Rotorua Region

In the wider region, the lakes, forests and mountains provide a wide variety of walks.

Walking and Hiking in Rotorua - PDF brochure