On our trip to the North Island, we stopped off at Rotorua. Rotorua is known for it’s geothermal parks and that ‘rotten egg’ (sulfar) smell. In between watching pools of bubbling mud, one of the things we did was to visit the Whakarewarewa forest. What immediately struck us as we entered the forest were the majestic Californian Redwood trees, the quiet and the welcome relief from the sulfur smells. The trees are absolutely huge! It is also very cool in the forest, beneath leafy canopy. There are plenty of different activities to choose from ranging from enjoying the walking tracks, mountain biking, horse riding and orienteering.
The redwood trees in this forest were first planted in 1901 and the largest Redwood in Whakarewarewa is approximately 67 metres tall and 169 centimetres in diameter. These can grow as tall as 110 metres in California, and are protected by their very thick bark. Fascinatingly these trees live for an average of 600 years, but can grow for over 2000 years old! For more information visit: http://www.redwoods.co.nz/