The Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua will thrill you as you walk, suspended high above the ground, from tree to tree. A must-do when visiting Rotorua New Zealand!
Rotorua New Zealand
Our time in New Zealand was winding down but there was still so much to see! By this time we made our way to Rotorua, New Zealand, located on the North Island in the Bay of Plenty area. It’s known for its beautiful scenery and is great for all outdoor activities.
The Gondola and Luge
Taking the gondola up the mountain gives you beautiful views of the Rotorua area, including the city, Lake Rotorua and the geothermal activity that is nearby. The luge is a little cart that you can drive down the hill and is super fun. It was one of the highlights from our time in Queenstown.
The Whakarewarewa geothermal park has the largest geyser in New Zealand, the Pohutu Geyser. It erupts up to 20 times a day and can reach up to 100 feet in the air. There are also mud pools, geyser flats and over 500 pools or hot springs. The area is similar to Yellowstone National Park in the United States or the Hells of Beppu in Japan.
There are other areas in New Zealand where you can visit a Maori Village and have a traditional cooked meal. Whakarewarewa claims to be New Zealand’s only “Living Maori Village.” Tours are available with nature walks through the geothermal area, traditional food and dancing.
How many days do you need in Rotorua?
We only had one day to spend in Rotorua, although that was about all the time we had anywhere we went in New Zealand! You can easily spend 2-3 days exploring Rotorua and the surrounding area.
If you’re interested in visiting Hobbiton, which we highly recommend, it’s an easy 50 minute drive from here. We loved staying at our farmstay near Matamata but having a homebase for more than 1 night is nice. We recommend you spend 1 day exploring Matamata and 2 days in Rotorua.
Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua
Our friends who visited the year before we did said the Redwoods treewalk was one of their favorite things. We took their word for it and went!
The Redwoods treewalk was easily one of the highlights from our trip. Our kids had a lot of fun wherever we were, but the pure joy and excitement on Royce’s face, while we walked the paths, is unforgettable. He jumped up and down yelling, “This is so much fun!” My heart is full of joy just at the memory.
What is the Redwoods Treewalk, you ask? Samples of Redwood trees from the famous Redwood Forest in California were brought to the area in hopes to make good lumber. As it turned out, the conditions here are ideal for redwoods – better conditions than even their native California – but they don’t make good lumber. Fortunately, they decided to keep the grove and not cut them all down!
Å spiral path that brings you up to the first of 27 platforms. You then walk across 28 suspended bridges leading from tree to tree. There are facts about the area and the trees on the platforms that are interesting – be sure to read them!
We learned a valuable lesson while on the Redwoods treewalk. Royce was clearly very excited about what we were doing and having a lot of fun. It was an incredible place with beautiful scenery so of course, we wanted to be taking pictures. We became so engrossed with getting fun pictures of the kids that they ended up not having fun anymore. When we realized what was going on – worrying more about pictures than family time – we regretted it and committed to focusing on doing what was really important, which was enjoying the treewalk together.
What to do in Rotorua New Zealand
While researching our trip and talking with friends who had been to New Zealand, the main advice we were given was to do what we like to do. We recommend the same. There is so much to see and do in Rotorua, but for our family walking through the thermal area then enjoying the Redwood Treewalk was just perfect. Whatever you enjoy, you’ll be able to find it in Rotorua and enjoy it just as much!
Check out The Mom Trotter’s blog to see their list of things to do around Rotorua, New Zealand.