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Redwoods Grove Walk

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The Redwoods Grove walk is an easy 11.5km long round trip walk. It’ll take you around 3 hours and 30mins to complete. Only 3.6km from Rotorua, this track is full of amazing huge Redwood trees that are over 100 years old. The park is made up of 288 hectares with well over 100km of walkways.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Rotorua
        • Distance: 11.50 kms
        • Time needed: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 500m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    The majority of the walk is through the pine forest. With short sections through second growth native bush. With a small very old Redwood Grove.

  • Track Quality

    Good gravel and dirt track

  • Hazards

    Mountain bikers and the odd horse.

  • Transport

    Try a taxi.

  • Water

    At the info centre

  • Driving Instructions

    The Redwoods visitors centre is 3.6 km from town.  From downtown Rotorua get on to highway 30 to Whakatane / Tauranga. The first roundabout you come to is the turn off to Lake Tarawera, and the Blue Lake 3.5km. Turn to the right.  400m on your right is the turn off on to Long Mile Rd and the Redwood Forest Visitors Centre. Drive down this road 1.3km till you reach to information centre.

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  • Area & Track History

    The park is made up of 288 hectares with well over 100Km of walkways. The most popular of all the walks is the track where you can meander through the breathtaking Californian Redwoods Sequoia sempervirens which were planted in 1901. These towering trees stand at approximately 60 metres tall and reach 163 centimetres in diameter. The Redwood Grove is dedicated to the memory of the men and women of the New Zealand Forest Service who died in the two World Wars.

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  • Map location of Redwoods Grove Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Redwoods Grove Walk – Start

At the info centre pick up a map. The multi coloured track marker posts are just to the right of the main door. Follow the marker posts, across a small thermal pool and thought the redwoods. Keep an eye out to the right for the next sign. This track leads off into native bush.

Point 2: Redwoods Grove Walk

Turn to the left.  A shot walk on a grit track. This little section can get quite slippery when wet.

There are a few steps and an uphill section to walk, don’t worry it’s not too hard

Point 3: Redwoods Grove Walk

The green track runs off to the left, you go up to the right.

Point 4: Redwoods Grove Walk

Follow the marker posts.  This is a short climb to the next road.  Turn left on to Tokorangi Pa Rd.  and follow this gravel road to the next turnoff.

Point 5: Redwoods Grove Walk

Turn hard left onto an old looking road. It starts to run down hill a little and around the side of the ridge.

Point 6: Redwoods Grove Walk

Turn hard left again. Follow the marker posts.  Again enjoy the walk. There is one good uphill walk but it is a short one.

There are good views of Rotorua along this track. And great places to sit and enjoy the sounds of the bush, if the sun is out, try a little meditation.  Off to the next turn off

Point 7: Redwoods Grove Walk

Turn to the left.  This turn off is back onto Tokorangi Pa Rd. The forestry has put a bench seat there for you to catch your breath.  Almost there, from here it is downhill most of the way. The last 300m can be a bit slippery after a few hours of rain. At the water tank, you can stop for lunch or turn left onto the main road and walk back to the turn off into the Redwood park 1.9 km.

Point 8: Redwoods Grove Walk

1 hour 35 minutes,  4.6km. Walk around to the front of the water tank. Over to the right is the start of the next leg. There is a sign to the left of the track. Walk down to the creek, up the other side to the next road.

Point 9: Redwoods Grove Walk

Turn right onto Red Tank Rd, follow this road, and keep an eye out for the next marker posts on the right.

Point 10: Redwoods Grove Walk

Back into the bush, this track follows the creek down the valley. You will have to cross the creek twice, again if there has been no rain for a day or two, it will be a dry feet crossing.  Now you will walk onto a tricky fork in the track. It is like a high and low road track. There is a bridge on the far right, don’t go there. The low road will take you along the creek edge; this is ok if the creek is low. Otherwise take the high track. No matter what track you take you will walk out onto the main road, about 3 minutes. Turn to the right.

Point 11: Redwoods Grove Walk

Now follow this gravel road to the next marker at Spruce Rd.  This marker is out in the open on the right. You can just see out to Nursery Road in the distance. At this turn off, go to the right.

Point 12: Redwoods Grove Walk

This walk goes back up into the bush, then up hill and meets up with a short track, turn right this leads to Katore Rd and past the waste water pump station. And onto Nursery Rd.

Point 13: Redwoods Grove Walk

From here turn right, the marker post is on the far side of the road. Follow Nursery Rd again walking past Tokorangi Pa Rd, and onto Long Mile Rd.  And back to your car.

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