Tired of looking at spectacular geothermals? How about a spectacular redwood forest? Rotorua has that too.

My New Zealand experiences are stacking up faster than I can upload photos and write about them. So, I’m going to let the pictures do more of the talking this time.

In brief … Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest is a short ride from the center of town — on bus #3 for the car-less like me — and it’s fantastic. For free, you can walk any number of trails through the forest floor (I took the red trail). You can also pay $22 NZD to walk a series of footbridges suspended high among the trees. 

I wanted to do both and was not disappointed. As I’ve mentioned many times before, visiting phenomenal places during the off-season means I have them (almost) all to myself.


It’s also really cool seeing the fern trees mixed with the redwoods. They’re just as pretty viewed from above as they are from below.

There’s a lot of interesting background info on Rotorua’s redwoods, but I don’t have time to write about it. I’m too busy looking at beautiful things! But you can learn more on their website.

Here are the rest of my photos from Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest: