Redwood Nightlights

“The lights needed to feel weightless, yet be able to survive the conditions,” says Trubridge. “Some are suspended over 82 feet above the ground, with others installed to circle the trees. In the giant scale of the redwood grove, they had to be much larger than most lights the studio normally makes.”

Redwoods Treewalk and David Trubridge Design Ltd. have partnered to create an iconic nocturnal tourism experience: the Redwoods Nightlights. Incorporating unique creations from New Zealand world-acclaimed design and sustainability champion David Trubridge, the Nightlights is New Zealand’s first design-led tourism experience.

The new night-time experience will offer visitors and locals the opportunity to explore Rotorua’s majestic Redwood forest under the shroud of darkness; Trubridges’ bespoke lighting creates an immersive and captivating environment.

“With 30 custom-made creations and a network of lights, the night-time forest will come to life in a magical and surreal experience,” says Rotorua local and Treewalk director Kellie Thomasen. “David Trubridge’s unique and inspiring lights add an amazing design element that is sure to become a much admired attraction within the forest.”

“The idea to marry design and tourism attraction remains relatively unexplored in New Zealand, and enhancing an already magnificent environment like the Redwoods was no easy task. The Trubridge design team and the arborists at the Treewalk worked hard to place the thirty 8-foot-tall lantern creations in areas embracing the natural beauty of the forest to provide dramatic contrast for visitors. It will be an experience Rotorua can be proud of.”

In addition to the Trubridge lighting, over 40 infinite color spots and feature lights will illuminate the 115-year-old redwood trees, forest ferns and pungas.

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