The Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua, New Zealand, has a new schtick: Redwoods Nightlights. The canopy path comprises 23 bridges suspended between towering redwoods, some more than a century old. The walkways hang anywhere from 19 to 39 feet above the forest floor; from way up high, you get an aerial view of the girthy redwoods, native Rimu trees, and giant silver ferns that populate this lush ecosystem.
In the Nightlights program, that same vibrant greenery takes on radical new colors like purple, blue, yellow, and ghostly white. It’s total Instagram bait, and for that you can thank Kiwi sustainability artist David Trubridge. He helped design and install the rainbow of colored spotlights and swinging lanterns. The lights switch on at 6:30 p.m. every night and shut off by 10:30, but 8 or later is when it gets truly dark.
The entrance fee is pretty steep, alas. Tickets are $25 NZD ($18.06 USD) for the daytime Treewalk, $25 for the night programming, or $35 ($25.28) for a combined ticket. FWIW, it is free to walk, run, hike, and bike through the surrounding Redwood Forest, which covers nearly 14,000 acres. Technically the park closes at 5 p.m., making the Nightlights technically off-limits without tickets. But hey, you do you.
Long Mile Road, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand; +64-7-350-0110.