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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 that became dormant about 1000 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. With the Tarawera River right on its doorstep, Kawerau is the first choice as the outdoor and adventure playground of the eastern Bay of Plenty.

 

Kawerau i-SITE

The Kawerau i-SITE offers extensive information about  the district, including 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

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 phone (07) 306 9009.