McLaren Falls Park is one of Tauranga’s most treasured spots. A 190 hectre parkland situated alongside Lake McLaren. A wonderfully popular place where people can simply relax and enjoy themselves. Here at McLaren Falls you are able to camp, kayak, go fishing, swimming, have a picnic or treat yourself to to the many walking tracks.
One track in particular, offers a delightful experience. The Waterfall Track, where you can spot the glow worms at night sparking wonder and excitement. Just head along the Waterfall Track after dusk to not only see the pretty waterfalls but to spot the glow worms.
There is also a cave accessible by kayak during the night to see glow worms.
Camping is available for a maximum stay of three nights. All the grassed area is available to campers except Cherry Bay. Camping at McLaren Falls is based on first in first serve.
With so many things to do, people often find themselves coming back and exploring more and more.
Vehicle Access: Vehicle access is available throughout the park for easy access to picnic areas. Gates do open for vehicles who are looking to leave after closing time, so don’t worry about being locked in!
Walking tracks: All walking tracks throughout McLaren Falls Park can be found by clicking here (McLaren Falls map of park) or on image of map above.
The maximum stay for camping is three nights. The park has designated areas available:
Top Flat, Hamilton Point and Pin Oak Flat. Shower facilities are free and available at Pin Oak Flat.
Entry to the park is free.
Camping Prices: 0-5: Free | 5-16: $5.00 per night | 16+: $10.00
Summer: 7.30am – 7.30pm / Winter: 7.30am – 5.30pm
Trout Fishing at McLaren Falls
Year-round fishing i available in Lake McLaren and in the Ruahihi Canal. A fishing licence is a requirement prior to trout fishing. Some sports shops do sell day licences or you can purchase online through Fish and Game New Zealand. Licences are not available to purchase from McLaren Falls Park.
Wairoa River and Mclaren Falls
Situated on the Wairoa river near Tauranga, power company Trustpower, runs the Kaimai Hydroelectric Power Scheme. This includes an awesome recreational area, popular for kayaking, rafting, fishing, running and picnicking. Water is regularly released from the McLaren Falls dam during the warmer months. This also allows for great white water for recreational kayakers and rafters.
For time and dates of releasing of water from the dam visit here.
Dogs: Throughout the park, around 300 sheep wander freely. Therefore, dogs are not permitted within McLaren Falls Park.
Alcohol: Alcohol is permitted within the park. 18+ only.
Fires: Fires are not permitted throughout the park.
BBQs: Push button gas barbeques are found throughout the park. These locations are: Top Flat, Bottom Flat and two in Cherry Bay.
Cafe: Located near the information centre, phone 07 543 4976.
Park Ranger: The McLaren Falls Park Ranger is on duty seven days a week. The ranger can be contacted by calling the Tauranga City Council.