Rotorua's Treetop WalkwayRotorua has a stellar reputation as New Zealand’s thermal paradise, but it’s also home to The Redwoods and a new treetop walkway.
Located just 5 minutes from downtown Rotorua is the Whakarewarewa Forest, where you can find The Redwoods, a grove of California coastal redwood trees. Planted in 1901, these seriously impressive giants now stand up to 72 metres high, with waistlines of up to 2 metres. The forest has a plethora of walkways and hiking trails, from the popular Redwood Memorial Grove track that is a relaxing 30 minute stroll to day long hikes into areas of the forest that offer magnificent views of Lake Rotorua.
But to enjoy more elevated views of the forest, the Redwoods Treewalk is a half kilometre walkway of 21 suspension bridges, traversing the gaps between 22 of the majestic redwood trees. The highest point of the walkway is 12 metres above ground level where you are literally surrounded by towering tree trunks. It’s an easy 30 minute eco walk, very family friendly and there is café, toilets and ample car parking on site.
It’s a lot of fun, interesting, educational and a redefines Rotorua as an outstanding geothermal resort with some really impressive dimensions.
Queenstown Snooze / Eat / Cruise TourAfter taking in the sights and adrenalin rush that is Queenstown, sit back, relax and marvel at one of the most stunning places in the world – Milford Sound. Enjoy unparalleled views from a glass roof coach during this beautiful day tour before... read more
Weather in Auckland was pretty miserable when we arrived but we braved the ferry to Waiheke to taste 10 different wines and some nice cheeses too.
We decided against going up sky tower when we realised there was nothing to see but clouds and mist.
Cyclone was making the whale watching difficult but we persevered and after 3 days of closed roads and boats not going out we managed to see a young humpback from a helicopter.
More helicoptering a few days later over the glaciers this time – wow!.
We drove many miles on twisty/turny mountain roads in rain and shine – we stopped to admire the views as we found them regardless of the weather . I have lots of photos of amazing views taken through the car windscreen accompanied by windscreen wipers!
We did have some amazingly beautiful days too – the view from our Queenstown room was fab especially as the sun set.
We did shotover jet when the river was pretty high which added to the fun – in fact they changed our time as they had stopped going out due to the river being so high – so that gave us just enough time to admire the views from the gondola. After that we did the trip on TSS Earnslaw – so a pretty full day.
We managed to find a fly/nature cruise/fly option to Milford sound and we had a perfect day for it weather wise – and I managed to bag the front seat on the way there – you were right – it is an amazing trip!
We finished the trip back in Auckland – thankfully the weather was better so we got great views from the skytower – we decided to go for it and do the skywalk – G is NOT a big fan of heights but he did it without passing out or screaming!
On the whole the motels/hotels were great – the woman at the Christchurch Motel welcomed us as her ‘refugees; and gave us a voucher for free wine at the restaurant that was within staggering distance – that was a nice touch.
We have come home with lots of amazing memories and even more photos to sort through and remind of what we did where and when – it’s already a bit of a blur.
Thanks again for you help in making it an amazing experience that we will always remember.
M & G, USA - Feb 2018
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