Treewalk in the Redwoods

Forest lovers will get unique bird’s eye view

The landscape of the Redwoods is rapidly changing.

Construction of a new Rotorua tourist attraction is progressing well, with several of the major tree walkways well under way.

The Redwoods Treewalk, the brainchild of German entrepreneur Alex Schmid, will give people the change to see the popular forest from 6m to 12m in the air.

A team of construction workers from Germany have teamed up with local workers to build the 550m long walk which starts and finishes next to the Redwoods Visitor Centre on Long Mile Rd. It is accessed via a spiral staircase 6m high and at the highest point is 12m.

Mr Schmid said work was progressing well and the Treewalk was on target to open next month.

“The progress is very, very good at the moment.”

He said just over 40 per cent of the work had been completed and it had attracted the interest of forest users.

“We’ve definitely had a lot of comments on the Facebook page. They are very interested and like the way it looks. It’s all been very positive.”

The five construction staff from Germany, where Mr Schmid runs a similar treewalk, were boosted by a team of between six and seven local workers.

Mr Schmid said the company was yet to confirm an opening date, or prices, but said there was likely to be a locals’ discount.

The walk has no age restrictions but users must be able to walk by themselves.

9:00 AM Saturday Dec 5, 2015

Rotorua Daily Post