New view­ing plat­form at Ro­torua’s pop­u­lar tree­walk

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

A 20-me­tre-high view­ing plat­form has been added to Ro­torua’s pop­u­lar Red­woods Tree­walk. The ac­tiv­ity, lo­cated in Ro­torua’s Red­woods For­est in the heart of the city, al­ready fea­tures the world’s long­est tree sus­pended walk­way and a col­lec­tion of David Trubridge lanterns to pro­vide an other-worldly night­time ex­pe­ri­ence. The new plat­form al­lows those look­ing for more of a thrill the abil­ity to stand on one of two glass view­ing pan­els, sim­i­lar to Auck­land’s Sky Tower, and see the for­est floor about six sto­ries be­low them. Keep­ing in line with the strong fo­cus on be­ing eco­log­i­cally friendly, the new plat­form is sus­pended around one of the largest trees in the Red­woods Tree­walk zone us­ing slings, so as not to harm the tree. Open as part of the day ex­pe­ri­ence, ac­cess to the new plat­form is in­cluded in the ticket cost. For trade clients, there is the op­por­tu­nity for the plat­form, which can hold about 30 peo­ple, to be used at night for din­ners or other small events, says co-founder and di­rec­tor Bruce Thomasen. Above: Into the trees – the new view­ing plat­form.

Ex­plore Auck­land’s wilder­ness with friends

Women’s Out­door Pur­suits aim is to ex­plore Auck­land’s wilder­ness and ur­ban ar­eas tramp­ing with like-minded women and ex­pe­ri­enced lead­ers. They en­joy friends, fun and laugh­ter in the great out­doors. WOP’s In­tro­duc­tory Cour­ses are open to women who are 18 and above; ex­pe­ri­enced tram­pers and be­gin­ners wel­come, no spe­cial skills or fit­ness re­quired. The two day course is run over two con­sec­u­tive Satur­days at the be­gin­ning of each term and cov­ers skills to equip you for tramp­ing in the out­doors in­clud­ing equip­ment and cloth­ing, sur­vival, map read­ing and ba­sic first aid. Check out the web­site www.wops.co.nz for fur­ther de­tails.

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