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Te Mata Park’s Big Redwoods Track

The Big Redwoods Track in Te Mata Park is 2.7km long and takes about an hour to walk. At the beginning it follows a similar route to the Karaka Wander. At the end it follows a route similar to Giant Circuit. In this post I haven’t included pics of a lot of things that are shared with tracks I’ve shown you in previous posts, but this track’s scenery is as epic as any in the park, and takes in both large redwood groves.

Limestone caves - Big Redwoods Track
Limestone caves

Te Mata Park’s mountain bike tracks really look like a lot of fun.

Mountain bike track and limestone cliffs
Mountain bike track and limestone cliffs

The Big Redwoods is a peaceful place with lots of space and lots of shade. A covered picnic area invites you to take a break, and stay for lunch.

Big Redwoods Grove
Big Redwoods Grove

These are the tallest and oldest redwoods in Te Mata Park.

The Big Redwoods
The Big Redwoods

There are the usual limestone cliffs, and other photogenic landscape.

Te Mata Park - Big Redwoods Track
Te Mata Park

Lemon-scented eucalyptus are beautiful trees and I’m glad I finally know them by name. These look like they’ve survived a fire.

Lemon-scented eucalyptus
Lemon-scented eucalyptus

Once the track joins with Giant Circuit it eventually passes one end of the other redwood grove, planted in 1974 by the Hastings Rotary Club.

Rotary Redwood grove
Rotary Redwood grove

I’ve returned often enough that every walk in Te Mata Park takes me to parts of the park that I’ve seen before, but they’re well worth revisiting. Every walk also shows me something new. This post doesn’t really do justice to Big Redwoods Track.

Limestone half-dome
Limestone half-dome

Near the end of Big Redwoods Track is that great lookout point over the Heretaunga Plains, worth posting again.

Lookout over the Heretaunga Plains
Lookout over the Heretaunga Plains

Please enjoy the full gallery of 8 pictures below.

My visits with redwood trees in Hawkes Bay made me nostalgic for the giant redwoods of California. The internet turned up this great page that contains some epic photos, the best of which I’m sharing with you below.

The President, 247 feet tall
The President, 247 feet tall
General Sherman, at 275 ft, a diameter of 25 ft, an estimated bole volume of 52,513 cu ft, and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, is among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.
General Sherman, at 275 ft, a diameter of 25 ft, an estimated bole volume of 52,513 cu ft, and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, is among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.
300 ft, 1,500 year old redwood
300 ft, 1,500 year old redwood