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At Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve you can visit Tarawera Landing, The Orchard, Humphries Bay and Hot Water Beach.

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  • Camping
  • Walking and tramping
  • Check, clean, dry

    Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

    Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

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      Getting there

      Access to Tarawera Outlet is from Kawerau township (off SH 30 between Rotorua and Whakatane) via private forestry roads which require permits. The forest gate is closed during the hours of darkness. The forest road may be closed in summer when fire risk is high.

      Permits cost $5 and must be collected on the day of entering the forest roads from:

      Kawerau Information Centre
      Plunket St, Kawerau
      +64 7 323 6300
      Open daily 9am - 4pm (8am - 6pm from December 15 to January 29)

      Also available from the Kawarau Online website.

      Know before you go

      Dogs, horses, vehicles (including bikes and motorbikes), fires, removal of plants or animals, camping outside designated areas and hunting without a permit are not permitted.

      Campers are advised to use gas cookers.

      Stop the spread of Rotorua pest fish brochure.
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      Stop the spread and keep Rotorua lakes free of pest fish

      Report any sightings of koi carp (3-70 cm) or catfish (3-40 cm). Other fish of particular concern are rudd and gambusia.

      You can help by photographing any specimens caught and forwarding to your local DOC office and by following Check Clean Dry protocols.

      Invasive species are a problem because they reduce water quality and can compete with native species and trout.

      For further information, or to report suspicious fish, contact your local DOC office or phone 0800 DOC HOT.


      Rotorua Office
      Phone:      +64 7 349 7400
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