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Introduction

Explore the Dawson Falls area of Egmont National Park.

Highlights

Only 30 minutes drive from Stratford, the picturesque Dawson Falls/Te Rere o Kapuni roadend (902 m altitude) is home to:

  • The 18 m high waterfall, Dawson Falls or Te Rere o Noke
  • One of New Zealand's oldest operational power generators
  • A small visitor centre (check opening hours) with information and displays, including the old Syme Hut which has been rebuilt inside
  • Konini Lodge which offers booked backpacker style accommodation for individuals and groups.

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Activities

  • Walking and tramping
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      Getting there

      Dawson Falls sits at the top end of Manaia Road 14 km from Kaponga. The drive to the roadend is through scenic native forest. Kaponga is an easy drive west of Stratford and Eltham.

      Know before you go

      Mt Taranaki has changeable and unpredictable weather. Check the forecast and carry enough clothing and equipment to ensure you are able to cope with any type of weather, at any time of the year.

      Contacts

      Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
      Phone:      +64 6 756 0990
      Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
      Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
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