In the late 1800's New Zealand took steps to increase their timber production. Recognizing that the local trees took very long to mature, they initiated a forestry program and tried planting over 70 tree varietals to see what would grow successfully. In the early 1900's California Coastal Redwoods were imported and a program started to grow the redwoods in what is now part of the Whakarewarewa Forest.
We start our exploration of the redwoods on Wednesday evening for the nighttime redwoods treewalk. 23 suspension bridges 6-12 meters above the forest floor form the walk. For the nightwalk over 30 David Trubridge designed lights have been hung in the redwoods, supplemented with multi-color spotlights in the forest floor. It's a delightful evening and I think it is more Impressive than doing the treewalk during daylight.
On Thursday morning we return to Whakarewarewa Forest to do some exploring during the daylight. We choose the Waitawa Walk, which is 3.4km (just a little over 2 miles). We enjoy walking through the redwood forest, reminding ourselves of Muir Wood just north of San Francisco, which we (along with Lee and Mary Jo) enjoyed with William's parents on their 60th Anniversary Trip.
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