Dawson Falls/Te Rere o Kapuni

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Explore the Dawson Falls area of Egmont National Park.


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.

Place overview


  • Walking and tramping

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Dawson Falls area

About this place

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

  • No dogs are allowed in this area.
  • Mt Taranaki has changeable and unpredictable weather. Check the forecast and carry clothing and equipment to ensure you are able to cope with any type of weather.

Dawson Falls Visitor Centre is open reduced hours: Thursday – Sunday 9am – 4pm; 7 days a week during school holidays, 9am – 4pm.


Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 27 443 0248
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Manaia Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
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