Lake Tarawera and volcanic Mount Tarawera
Image: Paul South Wales | Creative Commons



Plants in the Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve have regenerated since the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption which dramatically changed the landscape around the volcano.

The 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera drastically changed the area around the Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve.

Find things to do and places to stay Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve

Public jetties are at Tarawera Landing, Tarawera Outlet, Boatshed Bay and Rāpatu Bay.Boat ramps are at Tarawera Landing, Boatshed Bay, Stony Point and a beach boat ramp at Tarawera Outlet. Public toilets are provided at most boating access points and camping areas, and at the Waterfall Road carpark.

Picnic areas are numerous. They include a beautiful spot beside the Tarawera River, 100 metres back along Waterfall Road from the carpark.


Check, Clean, Dry

Clean all gear when moving between waterways to prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

How to check, clean, dry your gear.


Rotorua Office
Phone 0800 275 362
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