This is Tarawera

The birthplace of tourism in New Zealand

Our people have been hosting visitors to the Tarawera area for hundreds of years, since the first tourists travelled to visit the Pink and White Terraces, thought to be the 8th Wonder of the World.


Tarawera is steeped in history and cultural significance. The eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886 devastated the area, killing more than 150 people, burying the villages and destroying all plant life. 


Today, the area is known not only for this history, but also for the incredible natural environment created by the eruption. Discover lakeside hiking trails through regenerating native bush, hike to the 65-metre high Tarawera Falls, and relax in natural lakeside hot pools.


Come and experience the stunning landscapes of Tarawera and uncover the stories of this special place in our history.

Experience Tarawera

The natural landscapes of Tarawera can be explored on foot, by water and even by air, with a host of experiences and activities.

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Accommodation & Venues

The Tarawera area boasts stunning accommodation options for a range of budgets, from camping alongside natural hot pools, to staying at unique glamping spots or holiday homes with stunning lake and mountain views, right up to a luxury lodge. Tarawera is also easily accessible from accommodation in Rotorua if you prefer to stay closer to the city centre.


If you’re looking for the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion, there’s The Black Barn, available for weddings and functions.

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Our stories

Find out where the locals have fun.

Visitors' stories

Check out what some of our visitors have gotten up to.