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A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Kawerau and surrounding areas in the Bay of Plenty. Here are a few of the attractions around Kawerau you might like to consider checking out. The letters on the map match those on the tabs below, where you'll find information about each attraction. For more ideas, check out the Kawerau website.
Kawerau Golf Course
New Zealand is said to have more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world. And the Bay of Plenty has its fair share of fine golf courses!
Located beside the Tarawera River, the Kawerau Golf Course enjoys a scenic outlook, with views of the mountains. Set to a backdrop of Mt Edgecumbe, this golf course is pleasantly flat and the land is home to an array of bird life, spanning both park land and forest. It’s a lovely place to while away a sunny afternoon.
The Kawerau Golf Course is a prestigious par 71 course, with 18 holes in total. It offers a reasonable challenge to players, with the 6th, 15th and 18th holes being the true test. The 15th hole will push you to hit across the river to make it over to the green. Visitors are always welcomed and the fees are reasonable. You’re bound to find Kawerau Golf Course refreshingly uncrowded - with no tee off times needed - and to be welcomed by warm hospitality.
The Kawerau Golf Course is open all year round. Located on Cobham Dr, the course is just a few minutes from central Kawerau in your rental car. The Kawerau Squash Club is also on the same premises, part of the same complex as the golf club.
Onepu Mountain Bike Park
With 10 km of mountain biking terrain, the Onepu Mountain Bike Park offers active fun for the whole family. The topography is gentle, with flat to rolling inclines. There are zig zag tracks, downhill descents, jumps, even a boardwalk and walking trails for hiking or running.
There are four main single track mountain bike trails. The Outback is an ideal starting and finishing point. Pai’s Pathway provides a leisurely ascent up to the top of a ridge. The Oh Mai-Mai trail zig zags downwards towards Lake Tamurenui (and is shared with walkers) although it is closed in May and June every year during duck shooting season for local hunters. And finally the downhill Hedgehog track is a good ride to end the day on.
There’s also the Ridge Loop, a shared 4WD style trail. This can act as a link between the four main tracks, with some extra ups and downs thrown in. The Sandpit offers BMX style jumps for anyone keen to get a bit of air going.
Have a nosey around the Onepu Wetlands while you’re at the mountain bike park. A boardwalk winds carefully around the trees and the track caters to both strollers and wheelchairs.
You will find the Onepu Mountain Bike Park on State Highway 30 in Onepu, about 15 minutes from Kawerau in your rental car.
The Onepu Mountain Bike Park is located on land owned by Norske Skog Tasman; however the facility is a community project and maintained by the Onepu Park Care Group. There are plans to continue developing the park, adding more tracks and planting further greenery.
One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Bay of Plenty can be found in Tarawera, a 20 km drive from Kawerau in your rental car. Here, the Tarawera River cascades downwards over a cliff face, disappearing into lava caves, and then through rapids framed by bush. These volcanic rocks are thought to be the remains of ancient lava flow from Mt Tarawera itself, thousands of years ago.
From the car park a walking track leads upstream along the river towards the viewing area for Tarawera Falls. There is signage here bearing information about the natural and cultural significance of the area. If you continue along the trail you will reach the Tarawera Outlet, a popular camp site complete with boat ramp. En route there is a good swimming spot at a wide part of the river. Around the Tarawera Outlet, popular pastimes include fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, kayaking and wind surfing. You can paddle to Hot Water Beach, a naturally heated underwater spring on the shores of Lake Tarawera.
The river drains Lake Tarawera to the ocean; the upper sections are home to several rapids that are great for kayaking. Fly fishing is also excellent along the Tarawera River, with abundant numbers of large rainbow trout.
The forests of rata and pohutukawa around Tarawera Falls and the river is fairly young, having mostly sprung up in the wake of the eruption of Mt Tarawera in the late 1800s. Around here you are likely to spot tui, fantail and kereru. Eels are also sometimes seen heading upstream.
Vehicle access to the Tarawera Falls and Tarawera Outlet is along private roads. There are restrictions on entry and so you will need to obtain an access permit beforehand from the local information centre.
Awake Hot Springs
In need of some rest and relaxation? Head to Awakeri Hot Springs for a soak in secluded hot pools, heated to between 37 and 39 degrees, complete with jets and bubbles. These natural mineral pools are fed by geothermal water from deep bores. The six private spa pools are filled directly with the soft unchlorinated water while the main pools (a large thermal pool and two smaller kids’ pools) are chlorinated for health reasons. Large sails provide shade from the sun in the main outdoor pool area.
The private spa pools at Awakeri Hot Springs are drained and cleaned every day; you can also regulate the temperature yourself while enjoying a soak. Each spa comfortably accommodates four adults, or you can book a solo session just for yourself.
The Awakeri Hot Springs are located within the peaceful Awakeri Hot Springs holiday park and the hot pools are open to the public from 8 am to 9.30 pm each day. However if you’re staying at the on site accommodation, hours are extended - starting earlier and finishing later. Pool access is free for for holiday park guests as it is included in the tariff. Bring along your tent, park up your campervan or caravan, or enjoy the comfort of the holiday park’s cabin or motel rooms.
You will find the Awakeri Hot Springs in the town of Awakeri, about half an hour from Kawerau in your rental car. The Awakeri Hot Springs holiday park is tucked into serene, park like grounds, and has close proximity to lots of nearby attractions. It is close to the mountains and beaches of the Bay of Plenty as well as lakes and rivers.
Fishing and hunting
Kawerau’s location in the central North Island means there are a range of hunting and fishing opportunities not too far from the town. Thornton, Matata and Pikowai all offer good sea fishing, and are less than half a hour’s drive from Kawerau in your rental car. Kahawai and flounder are common; and when it’s the right season, white baiting is big here too. However, it’s fly fishing that is probably the biggest draw in the region.
There are a number of rivers and lakes within easy driving distance of Kawerau. Lake Tarawera is deep and clear, and famous for its sizable and abundant rainbow trout. It’s not unusual to catch trout over 4 kg. The cooler months from April to September are prime trout season. You’ll need to pick up an access permit for Lake Tarawera for your vehicle from the local information centre.
Lake Rotoma is also teeming with impressive rainbow trout, along with a modest quantity of the smaller tiger trout (this is the only lake around here where you’ll find tiger trout). The lake is open year round for boaties, but shore fishing is only permitted between October and June.
You will need an access permit for the Tarawera River, too. The river is best accessed via RIver Rd. From the Tarawera Falls through to Kawerau, the length of the river is fertile grounds for fishing.
Close to the Kawerau township itself, Ruruanga Stream is great for younger ones, a safe and gentle fishing environment.
Hunting is also popular around Kawerau. Roam through Urewera National Park in search of wild deer, boar and game, or further afield along the East Coast. The annual Kawerau Big 3 competition is held each August, with prizes for individuals, teams, and various categories. This contest is to see who can nab the heaviest boar, deer and snapper over the course of a weekend.
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