Tarawera Falls, one of the best walks in New Zealand
From the Kiwi Annison Archives…..
In December 2010 we made a special visit to Lake Tarawera’s eastern shores.
We had previously been to the western side of the lake (read Lake Tarawera and the Buried Village) but the journey to Tarawera Outlet required us to travel via Kawerau (off SH 30 between Rotorua and Whakatane) where we had to obtain a permit to travel on the private forestry road to the lake.Our destination was the DOC lakeside campsite and we were all set up in time to enjoy an evening walk with the most spectacular sunset show.
The large campsite is run by the Department of Conservation (Read more about staying at DOC sites here Get Docked Up) and situated beside the lake and the Tarawera river.
It is a popular site for fishing and water sports plus the start of one of the greatest walks I think I’ve ever done in my life – the Tarawera Outlet to Falls track.
The walk takes you through native bush that for the most part skims the edge of the clear Tarawera River. There is an accessible and tempting swimming hole at one point, just before the waters go underground for a time.
The scenery is stunning at all times and glimpses of river, cascades and falls along the way add to the magical feel of the area.