Located in the Bay of Plenty region
The 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera drastically changed the area around the Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve.
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.
A number of DOC approved commercial operators provide tours, boat charters and transport options in the Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve.
Permits to the Tarawera Falls and Tarawera Outlet cost $10 per vehicle from 1 August 2018.
Permits will be issued from:
Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5 pm
Weekends and public holidays
Order online in advance: Māori Investments Limited
Kawerau i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Plunket Street, Kawerau 3127
Phone: +64 7 323 6300
Opening hours for Kawerau i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
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. View larger (PDF, 1,110K)
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.