The giant redwoods in the Rotorua forest will be illuminated this week by artfully suspended, multicolored lanterns. Acclaimed designer David Trubridge took to the trees to create a spectacle of lights, named the Redwoods Nightlights, high up in a treewalk in New Zealand. The popular eco-tourism spot will take visitors on a magical tour unlike anything they have ever seen.

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One might think the natural splendor of a redwood forest is stunning enough on its own, but David Trubridge takes the location to a whole new level. The Redwoods Nightlight attraction features thirty 2.5 meter-long lanterns suspended throughout the trees. A kaleidoscope of colored bulbs accompanies the display, presenting the 115 year old trees in a completely new light.

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The Redwoods Treewalk allows visitors to travel the world’s longest suspended walkway, attracting 500,000 people each year. Trubridge’s Nightlights project will kick off this week and remain on display throughout the summer and winter months. Creating the lanterns to be hardy enough to withstand Mother Nature, yet graceful enough as to appear weightless, was a challenge. Some of the creations hang 25 meters off the ground and all are much larger than Trubridge usually designs.

“David Trubridge’s unique and inspiring lights add an amazing design element that is sure to become a much admired attraction within the forest,” said Kellie Thomasen, the director of Redwoods Treewalk. “It will be an experience Rotorua can be proud of.”

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