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Tarawera Trail

The Tarawera Trail at Lake Tarawera is predicted to become one of the great walks of New Zealand. Stage one is now completed.

The Tarawera Trail starts from the car park just south of The Buried Village on the western side of Lake Tarawera and runs through to Hot Water Beach a walk of approximately 15 kilometres. You can also start the Trail from The Landing itself by using the Fish and Game Trail at the far right of The Landing. (Looking out towards the Lake)

Our Water Taxi departs and returns to The Landing at Lake Tarawera. We do not offer a shuttle service from The Landing to the Tarawera Trail Car Park.  It is at least 3km between The Landing and the Tarawera Trail Car Park.

The Lake Tarawera area is steeped in history, as the home of the Tuhourangi and Ngati Rangitihi people. It was, and still is, best known for the Pink and White Terraces in neighbouring Lake Rotomahana, reputed to have been the eighth wonder of the world. On the 10th of June 1886 all this changed with the violent eruption of Mt. Tarawera when the terraces were totally destroyed.

As you walk you will sense the awesome presence of the now ‘sleeping’ Mount Tarawera and enjoy the ever changing glimpses of the lake and its many bays. Every bend reveals another dimension to this breath taking scenery. You will pass historic sites and past settlements, cross spring-fed streams teaming with trout in the spawning season, walk under rata and pohutakawa trees while shaded by groves of giant mamaku ferns.

You can stop at isolated beaches with crystal clear water lapping at the shore or take a moment at the lookouts that offer views of Lake Rotomahana and the inlets of Lake Tarawera.

Most people take between 4 to 5 hours to walk the Trail. For your convenience there is signage along the Trail outlining the expected times of arrival between each landmark.

After your walk to Hot Water Beach reward yourself with a refreshing swim, a soak in the lake edge hot pool, or stay the night at the Department of Conservation, Hot Water Beach Campsite  (You must prebook to stay at Hot Water Beach)

The Lake Tarawera Water Taxi operates as a taxi service to pick walkers up from Hot Water Beach for a boat ride back to Punaromia – The Landing. We can also bring in your camping gear for you. We do charge extra for carting your backpacks and gear.

The Lake Tarawera Water Taxi is the sole dedicated water taxi service at Lake Tarawera.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL - if we have no bookings the Water Taxi will not run.
Hot Water Beach Camp Gear Transport:
Due to weight and space onboard, the following charges apply in either or both directions.
$5.00 per item: Chilli bins, Large hiking packs, Gas Cookers etc
$10.00 per tent
$10.00 Handling fee: If gear is unaccompanied or if you are unable to load on and off our boats.
Tarawera Trail
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