Even before we set out from Auckland for our road trip, the pre-hubby had been telling me about this redwood forest that is meant to be amazing. Something in his European blood craved for mountains and forests, both of which Australia lacks, so this was high on our list. Close to Rotorua, the forest was originally planted for logging purposes in the 1800’s, but was declared to be a National Forest Park in the 70’s. So glad they did, because it was magnificent!
Redwood is actually native to California, similar to pine trees, except it grows exceptionally tall and straight with few branches, making it the perfect trees for logging purposes. Its name comes from the colour of its tree trunk of course, that distinct amber like reddish brown.
Never have I been in the presence of so many giant trees, it was wonderfully silent except for the crunch of leaves and branches under our feet. There was definitely something magical about the crisp air and dapple shade on the forest floor.
It was just amazing to walk around and enjoy the fresh pine scent and silence and tilt our heads up once in a while to admire the incredibly green canopy that looks so so far up.
But of course right at the end, I couldn’t help myself but make funny faces while doing a star jump…
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