Tarawera Falls Track

All year round. Permit required

Access to the Tarawera Outlet Campsite is by boat and public walking track only. There is currently no road access.

This is a short walk of around 700m and will take about 20 minutes. 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. There is structural damage on the Tarawera Falls Track. The track has been re-routed to allow access to and from the falls however, take care. You must check with the information centre to ensure it is open as it may be closed for logging activities.


Price of permit

For more info visit:

Tarawera Falls Track


Download Maps from DOC
Kawerau i-SITE Visitor Information Centre/Bus Terminal
Plunket Street


07 323 6300




The forest gate is closed during the hours of darkness. The forest road may be closed in summer when fire risk is high. Permits now available for public access, by car from Kawerau. Driving to Tarawera Falls requires a Tarawera Forest Access permit that grants you permission to travel through Tarawera Forest. If you want to visit the spectacular Tarawera Falls please pop in and see the friendly staff at Kawerau Visitor to obtain your permit. Open 7 days a week.


Access is from the town of Kawerau and is a drive of about 45 minutes over unsealed roads, followed by a walk of about 20 minutes. Tarawera Cascades are roughly a 1.5-2 hours drive away from Rotorua. If you drive from Rotorua, take SH30, then turn right to Kawerau where you must obtain a permit.

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