New Zealand Day Fifteen: Roaming The Woods, Waters And Roads Of Rotorua
When I awoke my first morning in Rotorua I was undecided where I was going to hike. There were many options. This would be my only full day in the town. I wanted to see the lake and downtown later in the day. So I decided to stay near the town for my morning hike. I was told the Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, was a nice place to hike.
This grove of trees was planted in 1901. The park is part of a larger commercial tree growing enterprise. A number of other trees from around the world were planted in the park around the same time. There were also native trees, ferns and flowers growing along the trails. I left the giant redwoods and followed the heavily wooded trail.
There were now more people hiking on the trail. I followed it back down to the visitor center at the park entrance. I took a quick walk on the redwood treewalk bridges. The tree bridges were suspended from the redwood trees. I learned so much more about these giant trees from the information provided on the walk. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike. New Zealand Day Fifteen Redwood Forest hike February 20 2019.
After the tree walk I called a taxi to drive me back to the hotel . The driver convinced me to take a short ride to scenic Lake Rotokakahi or Green lake. I took a quick hike along its shore. I returned to my hotels around noon, just in time for lunch. And what a delicious lunch it was. I had a very large seafood salad.
One could spend many hours in the grounds of this beautiful park.
I walked to the pier. Here I found crowds of people enjoying the late Summer afternoon. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my hike. New Zealand Day Fifteen. Lake shore walk February 20 2019
My walk took me through the restaurant area of Rotorua. I originally planned to eat downtown. I was hungry. I had walked over 10 miles. But I was more tired and I wanted to get back to my hotel. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike in town. New Zealand Day Fifteen Downtown hike February 20 2019.
At the hotel I enjoyed a very nice dinner at the buffet. It was a long day and I was soon in my room. I had a glass of wine with dinner and it didn’t take me long to fall asleep, It was another great day on the other side of the planet.
Other than the gushing of geysers and gurgling mud pools, the dominant sound today is the recurrent clatter of log trucks, distributing the wealth of world’s largest hand-planted pine forest.
Rotorua Lookabout Nataration from a short film.