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Tarawera Falls

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Lake Tarawera Water Taxi and Eco Tours

  • Locations

    North Island, New Zealand

  • Activities

    Boat Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $195 USD per trip
  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Daily departures available. Times can be arranged to suit.

  • Starting Location

    Kotukutu Bay, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua.

  • Price Includes

    Water Taxi ride from The Landing to the start of your walk, map, water taxi ride back to The Landing or Bush Hot Pool. If you choose the Bush Hot Pool we will return you back to The Landing once you have finished your soak

  • Notes

    Additional persons cost $55 USD for up to 14 people. If adding the Bush Hot Pool, tour costs is $288 USD for the first three persons and an additional $81 USD per additional person. Please note there are no changing facilities at the Bush Hot Pool. Bring Camera, sun protection, day pack, water bottle, snack, walking shoes or sneakers. Bring something suitable for wearing into the Bush Hot Pool and a towel if you are adding that option to your trip.


  • Spectacular scenery
  • One of New Zealand's top short walks
  • Able to view trout in season
  • There are three water falls to view
  • Can add a soak in the Natural Bush Hot Pool at the end of your walk

Trip Info

Following the 1886 Tarawera Eruption the river outlet from Lake Tarawera was blocked by volcanic ash which took some 3 years to find its way clear. The result was the creation of a whirl pool in the centre of the river that sends much of the water deep within the ground before reappearing as a waterfall part way down the cliff as the Tarawera Falls. Your walk beside the river takes you through some of the most beautiful native bush in New Zealand before you reach the spectacular falls.

Your adventure awaits!

Lake Tarawera Water Taxi and Eco Tours

Lake Tarawera was the home of the Tuhourangi people prior to 1886. With the eruption of Mount Tarawera on June 10th 1886 every thing changed. Karen and David Walmsley are passionate about this area and now that Tarawera has healed from that long ago eruption they are both dedicated to bringing the Tuhourangi people back to this area to do what they once did so well, guide and extend hospitality to visitors from all over the world to this area.

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