redwoods_signageThe Whakarewarewa Forest is primarily a productive plantation forest where all facets of the forestry
management cycle can be seen from time to time. However the forest is also a place where people can enjoy and explore the forest environment through various recreational activities. So that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience, please respect the code below:

  • There are tracks specifically designed just for walkers, for bikers and for horses. Keep to your dedicated tracks.
  • Forestry roads are multi-use. Beware of forestry vehicles using the roads.
  • Keep left unless passing. Slow down and communicate when passing others.
  • Obey all forestry signage. Tracks and roads may be closed or diverted at any time for maintenance, forestry operations or safety reasons.
  • NEVER light fires.
  • Remove rubbish and keep streams and lakes clean.
  • Protect plants and animals.
  • Respect our cultural heritage.

Important Information

  • First Aid is available from The Redwoods Visitor Centre and I-Site on Long Mile Rd. Contact + 64 7 350 0110
  • The emergency telephone number in New Zealand is: 111.
  • This can be dialled free from any phone.
  • Main access gates to the car parks are open:
    5.30am to 8.30pm at the entry to The Redwoods on Long Mile Rd
    6.00am to 8.30pm at the entry to the Rotorua Mountain Bike carpark on Waipa State Mill Rd.
  • There is no vehicle access into the forest for the general public.
  • Please read signs located at main access points and within the forest for additional information and safety notices.

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