Tarawera Falls

Image: Tom Bradnock | Creative Commons

Introduction

The track runs between the Waterfall road carpark to the spectacular falls, where water surges out of fissures in a high cliff face.

Track overview

700 m return via same track

Walking and tramping

20 min one way Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Follow the track that leaves the carpark heading upstream along the Tarawera River. You will reach a bridge crossing over Tarawera River and the track continues upstream until you arrive at the falls viewing area where you can fully appreciate their splendour. Signs at the viewpoint explain the cultural and natural significance of the area. 

Back-track to return to the carpark or continue along the tramping track to Tarawera Outlet (approximately another 2 hours one way).

Note: There is structural damage on the Tarawera Falls Track. The track has been re-routed to allow access to and from the falls however caution is required. 

Facilities: A toilet is located at the carpark. There is a viewing area with a seat at the falls.


Part of Virtually on Track - Discover, Explore, Connect


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.

Access permits

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

Maori Investments Limited
Address: Waterhouse Street Extension, Kawerau
Email: info@maoriinvestments.co.nz
Website: Maori Investments Limited

Weekends and public holidays

Order online in advance: Maori Investments Limited

Or from:

Kawerau i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Plunket Street, Kawerau 3127
Phone: +64 7 323 6300
Email: infocentre@kaweraudc.govt.nz
Check the website for opening hours

Nature and conservation

The spectacular Tarawera Falls — where water surges out of fissures in a large rock cliff-face surrounded by native bush. The cliff is the end of an ancient rhyolitic lava flow that is believed to have poured from an erupting Mt Tarawera about 11,000 years ago. An abrupt stop to the flow produced these high cliffs.

Vegetation here has developed since the 1886 Tarawera eruption. Both pohutukawa and rata are found. An unusual feature is the range of hybrids between these two closely related species that occurs in the area. Evidence of this interbreeding can be seen in the variety of different leaf shapes found on the forest floor here.

Contacts

Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 7 351 7324
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   rotoruavisitor@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1167 Fenton St
Rotorua
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3007
Rotorua
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