Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest 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. If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Entry to the forest, tracks and the Redwoods i-Site & Visitor Centre is FREE.

What can you do here?

  • Walking tracks - several tracks catering for various fitness levels
  • Nature trail with trees and shrubs identified
  • Mountain Bike tracks & purpose built trail network for all skill levels
  • Orienteering - a childrens or beginners course and an advanced course
  • Scenic picnic areas
  • Outdoor function facilities for small groups, weddings and events
  • Ultimate multi sport event venue
  • Meeting Room with private courtyard available to book for small groups
  • Educational Group guided tours; set options or tailored to your request; bookings essential

The Redwoods Gift Shop and Visitor Centre
The place to go for all your track maps and forest information. The Redwoods friendly shop staff can help you make the most of your unique forest experience with up-to-date information and advice. It is also the perfect place to find an extra-special keepsake, to remind you of your visit to the Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest and to New Zealand. The Gift Shop features an extensive range of quality handcrafted native wooden gifts and a wonderful range of gifts inspired by nature - from postcards, natural skin care products, to books, puzzles, glass ware, jewellery, toys and stationery.

Summer - Weekdays: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Weekends & most public holidays: 10am to 5pm
Winter - Weekdays: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Weekends & most public holidays: 10am to 4pm