The track begins at the Tarawera Outlet swingbridge. Cross the bridge and take the left hand track at the junction. The track passes a jetty a short distance from the Outlet and progresses westward.
Views of the lake become less frequent as the track climbs inland. The track descends into Humphries Bay - a pleasant picnic and overnight camping area.
Facilities: Camping facilities and toilets are provided at Tarawera Outlet and Humphries Bay
Trampers can then take the Eastern Okataina Walkway northwards to access Otangimoana Bay on Lake Okataina (approximately 20 minutes one way) or onwards to complete the Walkway at the Okataina carpark (Tauranganui Bay - a further 2 hours 40 minutes walk).
Access is by DOC tracks that link to this area, or via boat.
Walkers can access the Northern Tarawera Trail:
- By walking the Tarawera Falls to Tarawera Outlet Track
- By walking Eastern Okataina Walkway to Humphries Bay
- By boat at either Humphries Bay or Te Tapahoro / The Outlet
There is no vehicle access to Te Tapahoro / The Outlet Campsite
You'll need to get a permit to access Tarawera Falls carpark. Use of the private forestry roads including overnight parking in the forest is at the discretion of the forestry owners. Check the conditions of your forestry permit.
You can also order it from the local visitor centre.
Kawerau isite Visitor Information Centre
Plunket Street, Kawerau 3127
Phone: +64 7 323 6300
Opening hours for Kawerau isite Visitor Information Centre
You need to be well prepared when tramping on conservation land, especially on longer day walks. Ensure you have warm clothes, strong, comfortable boots, a good raincoat, first aid kit, food and drink, a hat and sunscreen. It is also advisable to leave your tramping intentions with a responsible person, in case you get lost.