The Redwood Forest is one of Rotorua’s jewels of the district. This is a just a magnificent outdoor recreational playground. With over 5600 hectares of forest, most visitors can explore the abundance of walking tracks, or venture out on to the world class mountain bike tracks. There is an abundance of Californian Coast Redwoods that are just mind blowing. A good place to start is Long Mile Road where you have the option of 30 minute, 1 and 2 hr walks which are all colour coded. For more information go to www.redwoods.co.nz
There is an Information Centre there to help you. A new product has also been launched which is Tree Walking through the heights of the Redwood trees. This is a paid product but an amazing experience, this can also be done in the evening. The Redwood Forest is a must to visit, this is truly a wonderful place.
Lake Okareka is only a 10 - 15 minute drive from Rotorua, past the Redwoods and up the hill, and is part of a cluster of four lakes. At the end of Acacia Road is a lovely boardwalk that travels around the edge of the lake where there is an abundance of bird life. The walk follows the lake edge where you then turn around, and head back. A lovely flat walk.
No dogs allowed. The bird life is most active early in the mornings. On the way out there, you pass a Horse Trekking attraction where horses trek up high to where the views are amazing.
Rainbow Mountain is located 25 minutes' drive from Rotorua heading southwards Taupo, about 25 km. Rainbow Mountain is a geothermal landscape with a unique coloured terrain. There are a number of walking and mountain biking tracks. The walk to the summit will take about an hour and a half depending on fitness level. At the top of the mountain the view is amazing – overlooking lakes, Tarawera, Rerewhakaaitu and Rotomahana to the North, and to the South, Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo. There are a number of native plants that are unique only to the geothermal environment.
The walking track entrance is only about 400m away from Old Waiotapu Rd which leads to Kerosene Creek. Crater Lakes Walk offers great views of two volcanic craters set against a backdrop of bare brown, orange and red steaming cliffs. When leaving your car in remote spots please don’t leave valuables in the car.
I’m Annemarie Gallagher, a Director of the Arista Group and Rotorua Tourist Attractions.
So Tourism is what I do. I’m passionate about Rotorua and I believe it is the most wonderful place in the World to live and I love sharing my passion with others.
My favourite thing about Rotorua?
Our incredible Redwood Forrest, its true name is the Whakarewarewa Forest
Its my happy place.
It covers a massive 5600 Hectares and I spend as much time in it as I can!
It is well known as NZ’s Hub for Mountain Bikers and Trail Runners. I’m the later, a Trail Runner.
I’m on the Executive Committee for ‘Lake City Athletic Club’ and as part of my role there, I Coach ‘Beginner Runners’ and I organise Our Yearly ‘Marathon’ Clinic. For people wanting to tackle out fabulous 'Rotorua Marathon'.
So if your visiting Rotorua, I’m your go-to-girl for all things related to our amazing Redwood Forest!
You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or message me through FB.
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