Dawson Falls area: Egmont National Park

Dawson Falls/Te Rere o Kapuni
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Explore the Dawson Falls area of Egmont National Park.


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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

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    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

    Mt Taranaki has changeable and unpredictable weather. Check the forecast and carry enough clothing and equipment to ensure you are able to cope with any type of weather, at any time of the year.

    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
    Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   Manaia Rd
    Egmont National Park
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