whakarewarewa forest – the redwoods
towering redwoods & nz native bush
The forest is most well known for the network of superb mountain biking and walking tracks and for the magnificent stand of Californian Coast Redwoods. These towering trees, along with numerous other species were used in Petes Dragon.
Privately owned by Iwi, the forests are managed by the Rotorua Lakes Council and Kaingaroa Timberlands who work together with iwi, Ngāti Whakaue and Tūhourangi Tribal Authority. Any recreational activity other than walking or biking requires a permit or concession. Any commercial or non-commercial organised filming or photography in the Forests requires a permit and five million dollars public liability insurance. This includes activities such as event photography or making a documentary, film or advertisement.