Dawson Falls/Te Rere o Kapuni

Image: Tony Fernandez | Creative Commons

Introduction

Walk to the one of the world's oldest continuously operating generators or to Dawson Falls (18 m).

Track overview

Walking and tramping

5 min one way | 10 min one way Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Dawson Falls Power Station

Time: 5 min one way
Distance:
110 m

This walk visits one of the world's oldest continuously operating generators.

You'll be able to hear Kāpuni Stream, which drives the generator that provides electricity for the Dawson Falls Tourist Lodge.

Learn about the historic Dawson Falls Power Station

Getting there: The walk begins 50 m down Manaia Road from the Dawson Falls visitor centre.

Dawson Falls

Time: 10 min one way
Distance:
250 m

Descend the short stepped track to join Kapuni Loop Track and turn right to continue on either to the base of the 18 metre falls or the lookout point.

The falls was named after Thomas Dawson, the first European to discover this 18 m high waterfall in 1885.

To Māori they are known as Te Rere o Noke or the Falls of Noke, a Māori warrior who hid from his pursuers behind the falls.

Getting there: From the Dawson Falls visitor centre walk 400 m down Manaia Road to the sign to Dawson Falls.

Getting there

In Stratford, turn off SH23 into Celia Street, which becomes Opunake Road. Follow this for 14 km, then turn right into Manaia Road and travel 9 km up the mountain to Dawson Falls visitor centre.

Know before you go

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

Contacts

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
Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 756 0990
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
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