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Sights and Activities

Kawerau is the heart of the Bay of Plenty, is central to everything and nestles within the Tarawera valley at the foot of the dramatic Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe), a volcano which became dormant about 1,000 years ago.

Less than an hour east of Rotorua and 30 minutes west of Whakatane, Kawerau is within easy reach of lakes, beaches, forests, major cities and thermal areas and with the Tarawera River right on our doorstep, Kawerau is the first choice as the outdoor and adventure playground of the eastern Bay of Plenty.


Kawerau Information Centre

Click here to flyover to the Kawerau Information Centre website. It has lots of information about Kawerfau, whether or not Tarawera Forest is open for access to the Falls and the Outlet of Tarawera River. You will need to call into the Information Centre to get your permit before you may enter the forest. The Centre is open every day except Christmas Day, and otherwise, closes every day at 4pm.

Self-Contained Campervan Policy

The Kawerau District Council provides some facilities for self-contained campervans at Prideaux Park near the centre of town. Click here to download the Campervan Policy Click to Download Reader covering the use of this site.

Click here for a map showing the location of the area for campervans in Kawerau: Kawerau Camping Map Click to Download Reader

For further information, contact the Kawerau District Council, on (07) 306 9009