Moving time  2 hours 41 minutes

Time  2 hours 57 minutes

Coordinates 2144

Uploaded February 21, 2018

Recorded February 2018

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near Whakarewarewa, Bay of Plenty (New Zealand)

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Whakarewarewa, in addition to the geothermal area, and very close to it, presents a forest of sequoias, which are a remarkable attraction of the area, in which a high circuit has been built, with suspension bridges fixed halfway up the sequoias, They are a very attractive ride, but not for everyone (at least for those who have problems with balance or stability).
To be honest, the number of sequoias is limited. The local information speaks about 100 sequoias planted at the end of the 19th century, in a park context that initially housed more than 170 species of trees planted to study which produced the best wood. In this context, the pine of California was the winner, although sequoias continue to be the species that makes it more attractive.
The trail, with some points of moderate-severe slope, is attractive not only for the large trees. The landscapes and the type of vegetation change frequently, and part of the infrastructures for water supply and treatment to Rotorúa can be seen. Perhaps one of the most shocking aspects for the visitor is that this forest is still in full production, so it is possible to see all facets of the wood cycle: recently logged forests but also areas of repopulation in very different stages.
One of the things to take into account, although we did not see any, is that the trail is also used by bikers who practice BTT in the area (sometimes on specific trails and sometimes on the general trail, so the hiker to be attentive in case you have to share space with mountain bikes). Another aspect to remember is that the park opens and closes every day, and you can not camp inside.
All in all, an interesting path, and not only for the sequoias, although these are the stars of the place. It seems advisable to visit it as a complement to the visit to the neighboring zones of geothermal activity.
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3 comments

  • Photo of manuelruizapatero

    manuelruizapatero Feb 21, 2018

    Ruta por el bosque de sequoyas, tras visitar el poblado maorí de Roturua y haber visto el centro geotérmico de Wiotapu...perfecto final del día.

  • luis.perecruz Apr 23, 2019

    Bonito bosque de sequoias en el hemisferio sur.

  • Photo of manuelruizapatero

    manuelruizapatero Jul 21, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Ruta por el bosque de sequoyas, tras visitar el poblado maorí de Roturua y haber visto el centro geotérmico de Wiotapu...perfecto final del día.

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