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New-look Rotorua Redwoods Treewalk entrance opened

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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A new 9m high lantern-inspired spiral entrance for the Redwoods Treewalk has been officially opened.

Created by New Zealand design and sustainability champion David Trubridge, and built locally using unique construction methods, the new entry allows visitors to wind their way up from the forest floor into the tree canopy.

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Redwood Treewalk co-founder and director Bruce Thomasen said as a design-led eco-tourism experience, the new entrance both complemented and contrasted the beauty of the natural environment and provided a stunning focal point for the day and night experience.

"Designed to also be a large lantern at night, illuminated by infinite colour spotlighting, the new entrance highlights the unique relationship between form and function, design and innovation, and the natural elements of the Treewalk."

At the informal opening ceremony Thomasen said it had been a two and a half year journey to get to this point.

"We are constantly looking at ways to build on what we have."

Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick said as a city Rotorua needs innovators.

"It's wonderful to see this forest become a place where we are now seeing innovation.

"The other thing I love about it is the relationship Rotorua is getting with David."

The Redwoods is one of our Virtually on Track Gem Sites, a place for recreational opportunities. Click here to find out more.

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