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 i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
+64 7 323 6300
Opening hours: 9am to 4pm daily.
2017/18 summer opening hours: 8.30am to 6.30pm daily (from Monday 18 December 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018)
A number of DOC approved commercial operators provide tours, boat charters and transport options in the Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve.
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.
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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.