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Located just five minutes from the city centre is the Whakarewarewa Forest, home to a grove of very impressive Californian coastal redwood trees planted in 1901. What foresight to plant these amazing trees which now reach up to 72 metres tall, with two metre waistlines!
The forest features numerous tracks for short strolls of 30 minutes, up to longer trails for full day hikes. One of the most popular is the Redwood Memorial Grove track that winds its way through the redwood trees.
But new to the forest is an aerial walkway, the Redwoods Treewalk, a half kilometre walkway of 21 suspension bridges, traversing the gaps between 22 of these giant trees. The walkway is family-friendly, easy to access and offers amazing views through the trees from up to 12 metres off the ground. Allow about 30 minutes to soak in this wonderland of tree trunks, tree ferns and dappled sunlight. There is ample parking, cafe and toilet facilities.
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