Walking, Hiking & Running
All sign posted tracks start through the beautiful Redwood Grove under the magnificent, towering Californian Coastal Redwoods. Hiking further afield will take you through a diverse range of
native plants and exotic trees, which lead to spectacular views of Rotorua City, lakes and surrounding countryside.
These tracks are also suitable for off-road running. Those new to the sport can start on the easier tracks and work their way up to longer distances incorporating hill work and steps.
Only a short drive from The Redwoods is Tikitapu/Blue Lake, where you can enjoy a picturesque short walk around the lake and take in views of both lakes Tikitapu and Rotokakahi/Green Lake.
If you prefer to explore in your own way, rather than keeping to sign posted tracks, be sure to give yourself plenty of time as the forest is a maze of roads, old logging tracks, various mountain bike
tracks, horse trails and ‘locals’ short cuts. It is more fun exploring with a friend and although you are unlikely to get seriously lost it would be wise to take a mobile phone and let others know your
Be a safe walker
- Follow the direction of the coloured arrow marker system and walking symbols.
- Keep to dedicated walking tracks or roads.
- Forestry roads are multi-use – beware of vehicles and bikers and give way to horses.
- Be prepared with maps, clothing, footwear, food and water appropriate for the length of walking track you are undertaking. Always plan for the unexpected.
- If tramping or off track exploring, let someone know where you are going and when you are due back.