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Tarawera River, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very impressive. You require a permit to drive on the road to it then its an easy 20 minutes walk to the falls. You cannot swim here, the rapids and currents are very strong. It is definitely worth going to see. You can hike from...More

Thank k2512b
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Great experience you have to get a permit from the Kawerau i sight to get access. One of the most spectacular water falls I’ve ever seen. Well recommended.

Thank Tallandshort2014
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Quite a long drive/out of the way, gravel roads pretty much the whole way. Short track to get to the waterfall, pretty easy. Waterfall lookout was great, a lot harder getting down to water level though. Definitely a must do if you have time for...More

Thank DominiqueM2389
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

A quick, easy 20min stroll from the car park and just W O W!!!! How unbelievably beautiful is this waterfall!!!! Simply stunning. Make sure to go when there’s been a lot of rain, makes it even more spectacular

Thank barefootlouise
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

We made it a day trip from Tauranga - drove via the expressway, then along the coast until turning right at Matata, towards Kawerau. It was super quick to get the $5 permit to be on the private roads, from the Information Centre in Kawerau....More

Thank 69carolynz
Reviewed 20 August 2017

I've wanted to do the Tarawera Falls track for many years, but have never been in the right place at the right time, so while on a week's holiday we made sure we got around to it this time. So glad we did. The I-SITE...More

Thank Zimmbot
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Went to Tarawera falls and was really impressed. They appear from a hole in the rock and the volume of water coming down is incredible. Need a permit from the information centre at kawerau.

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 31 March 2017

To access these fall's from what I understand there are two option's. 1) Getting a water taxi across Lake Tarawera to Tapahoro Bay / Tarawera Outlet Campground then approx. 1 1/2 walk one way. 2) Driving from Kawerau to the fall's through the forest and...More

Thank JORO6
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We were staying in Rotorua and planned on visiting Tarawera Falls by driving around to Kawerau and picking up a permit as others have mentioned. However, the owner of our motel told us you could take the water taxi to Tarawera outlet/campground and hike to...More

Thank Irongrl
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The falls are not gigantic. They have a pretty scenic background. You cannot play at the falls but you can play at the rivers after the falls. The hike in was 30mins and easy.

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