Enriching the Forest Experience
The iconic Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forests are places much-loved by many. They are of significance to iwi (Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao and Ngāti Whakaue respectively), and a popular playground for local and visiting mountain bikers, runners and walkers. They are recognised as important recreational areas for the Rotorua community and as assets that attract events and tourism.
While this area is commonly referred to as the Whakarewarewa Forest or ‘The Redwoods’, it is made up of both the Tokorangi Forest and the Whakarewarewa Forest. Tokorangi Forest is The Redwoods area and the Whakarewarewa Forest is the commercial forest that grows beyond this.
As part of the Rotorua Lakes Council ‘s Vision 2030 – The Rotorua Way, and thanks to funding from Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, the Council is currently managing an investment of $14.5 million to enhance the forest amenity and improve the experience for all.
The redevelopment of the forest will create significant opportunities for the city, as well as benefits for tourism. It will also spark commercial investment and create new jobs in the area.