McLaren Falls Park, Tauranga

4.8
#1 of 6 in Nature in Tauranga
Ideal for walkers, McLaren Falls Park contains great spots for fishing, kayaking, barbecues, picnics, and camping. Just a ten-minute drive from the center of Tauranga, these 190 hectares (469 acres) of parkland stretch out beside Lake McLaren. Look for the extensive botanical collection of trees, and hike the short, easy trail to the waterfalls. Free gas barbecues are dotted around the park for the public to use. Note that the falls are home to glowworms--though they can only be spotted after dusk. Use our Tauranga itinerary maker to arrange your visit to McLaren Falls Park and other attractions in Tauranga.
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  • August 8, 2017
    My husband and I decided to go for a quick road and ended up calling into McLaren Falls. what a beautiful spot. have decided to go back when the weather is a bit warmer  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    Animal farm, waterfalls, bush walks, picnic spots, cafe. I'm taking so many pictures of my self because every sight that I see is so beautiful. Really recommend for family who had small kid to introdu...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    Spring and the fall in autumn is particularly spectacular, however any time throughout the year its a truly special place to visit. Beautiful walks around the lake and a short hike to a vantage lookou...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful park that has been improved year upon year, lots of great places to camp and the top hostel is an excellent and affordable place to stay. A lovely cafe to stop for a coffee and plenty of swimming spots. Love the frisbee golf course too. A wonderful day out no matter what the season
  • Always a great place to visit and camp. Very scenic and glowworm trail
  • Cool place with free admission to spot Glowworm! But the driveway gate will be closed on 7.30pm and will open automatically when going out.
  • Love! love! Love! This park. So much to see and do. Lots of little walks great scenery. Perfect place to take the family.
  • Great park to walk, bike and kayak threw. Then stay in the many camp sites at a very good price. Autumn is an amazing time there.

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