Redwoods Treewalk™ is a 700-metre long, eco-tourism walking experience in the heart of Rotorua’s Redwood Forest that consists of a series of 28 suspension bridges and 27 majestic Redwood trees that are more than 118-years-old. The height of the walkway ranges between 6 metres and 20 metres presents a stunning, elevated view of the forest below and the treetops above.
Redwoods Treewalk™ has a clear vision to be an innovative, design led and sustainable business – economically, environmentally and socially.
As an eco-tourism business located in Rotorua’s iconic Redwoods Forest, the Treewalk™ has been entrusted by Manu Whenua and we unreservedly work as guardians of the land and forest we operate in.
Acting as guardians of the land and forest is a core value of Māori culture and is known as Kaitiakitanga. This is a concept of guardianship; for the sky, the sea, and the land and of a deep kinship between humans and the natural world – one that we embrace as a business and share with our guests.
Safety – number one
Manaakitanga – hospitality, integrity, trust, sincerity and fairness for all our guests and Treewalk™ team
Kaitiakitanga – responsible for doing the right thing and guardianship of our forest assets
Manaakitanga (hospitality) is a core value at Redwoods Treewalk™ and we welcome guests as part of our whānau (family) at the Treewalk™. Being hospitable, looking after and caring for our guests is a value that encompasses the world-class visitor experience we aim to provide you. We have the best health and safety measures in place at Redwoods Treewalk™ and are proud of our quality assurance methods. Safety is our absolute priority and is the foundation of all decision making. Annually, external audits of our business are conducted by local engineers, arborists and specialists in suspended bridge structures. These independent auditors monitor tree health and structural integrity. Additionally, we are evaluated annually by New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, Qualmark. Through the external evaluations of our business we are confident in the structural safety of the Treewalk™ and supporting trees and in providing a uniquely unforgettable experience for all our guests.
Redwoods Treewalk™ is also committed to the Tiaki Promise initiative. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. By holding true to the principals of the Tiaki Promise, we can continue to offer our hospitality for many years to come.
Redwoods Treewalk™ uses a unique and New Zealand first tree sling technology to suspend the bridges, platforms and the David Trubridge designed lanterns.
This means that no nails, screws or bolts have been used to support the Treewalk™ structure. With annual tree ring growth of up to 1 cm per annum the tension on the slings is adjusted to ensure tree growth is unhindered. Redwoods have thick layer of bark that protects the tree cambium. Our slings provide a large surface area to spread the loading and frequent adjustment ensures unhindered tree growth.
Untreated Macrocarpa timber was used to build the Treewalk™ bridges and platforms and is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forests.
Our David Trubridge designed lanterns are composed of a recycled timber board material and were treated using natural vinegar and salt which will require no further treatment for 50-years since their December 2016 installation.
We reduce, reuse and recycle at the Treewalk™. For example, we reduce our Redwoods Nightlights™ power consumption through the use of environmentally friendlier LED bulbs to illuminate the lanterns, source recycled timber and materials for our new team office and recycle as much of our on-site waste as possible.
Plus, our power consumption is no more than the average residential home.
We have also undertaken the planting of several hundred native New Zealand ferns around the Treewalk™ to improve the forest environment and as an additional carbon sink for the uptake of atmospheric CO2.
We actively seek to do better every day.
With a strong focus on its responsibility as Kaitiaki of the forest, the need to leave an environmental legacy is at the heart of the Redwood Treewalk™ operation. This eco-tourism venture captures the peace, ambiance and spirit of the Redwoods Forest from a unique birds’ eye perspective, showcasing the natural beauty of the forest in an untouched way. The walkway has been carefully constructed through a series of slings to avoid damaging the Redwood trees or the existing natural environment
Redwoods Treewalk™ has strong connections with local iwi; the land it sits on is privately owned by iwi through CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd. We have worked hard to ensure the strong connection with iwi is reflected in everything we do, giving visitors the opportunity to explore and learn about the history of the land (whenua), the people (iwi) and the 118-year-old Redwoods Forest.
Did the new Redwoods Altitude experience! Absolutely amazing! Enjoyable! Safe! Adventurous! Sam (our guide) was an wealth of insight, experience & fun! A must do!!!
Coolest place ever! We went at dusk so did half of the walk in the day time and the other half in the semi dark when all the night lights were on! Was such a beautiful walk and loved every moment! The staff were super informative and nice. I will definitely be back in the future!
What an asset to Rotorua. The beauty and peaceful feeling when walking around the heights was beautiful. Thank you to our guide Izumi
The Redwood Forest is just stunning... The lights are just incredible and it is such a beautiful thing to be walking so high in the trees. We also went back the next day and walked around the forest - still gorgeous. Would definitely recommend.
This is a highlight in Rotorua. Super friendly and helpful staff. Amazing walk high through the trees. Take the high road if you dare! It's worth it.
The Redwoods Altitude tree walk is beyond amazing! It was the highlight of our tiki tour of the North Island, and if you’re a wee bit terrified of heights, it was life changing. We felt so safe while being challenged well beyond our comfort zones. The guides are great, very encouraging.