whakarewarewa forest – the redwoods

Forest | Geothermal
Over 5,600 hectares of forest offers a diverse range of exotic tree species, mix of native undergrowth, panoramic views, as well as proximity to lakes, thermal areas and the city centre.
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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.

permit details

Rotorua Lakes Council: Simon Alefeso-Tuck

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

231 Kilometres | 2 Hours, 52 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

6 Kilometres | 9 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

6 Kilometres | 9 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

83 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

Taupo CBD

83 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 3 Minutes