The Rotorua Redwoods

To finish our brief stay in Rotorua, donning brand new waterproof jackets, hastily purchased in one of the millions of amazing hiking shops in NZ, we visited the enchanting redwood plantation in the completely unpronounceable Whakarewarewa forest. The best way to see this 5600 hectares of forest is by bike. But it was raining. And I hate biking. So another much nicer, quick way is a forest walk, where they’ve designed a brilliant canopy walk up across 21 suspension bridges in the heights of these Californian redwoods, some of which reach up to 15 metres. Not quite California style yet, but they’ll get there! At night they illuminate the tree wall with 30 suspended lanterns designed by NZ artist David Trubridge, which must look beautiful….

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