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. Put McLaren Falls Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tauranga travel planning app .
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  • Have been there few times with family and friends. We all really enjoyed spending time there. I would say summer is the best season to visit there since you can have a nice bath in the fall.  more »
  • The deciduous trees have fiery reds and golds. The trout in the water seem to be growing fast and large. Check out the fishing regulations. Don't forget the glow worms.  more »
  • Stopped here on the advice of our niece, who is a local. It's a nice place with a lake as well as waterfalls and cascades. Picnic areas seem well maintained by the local council. Well worth a visit.  more »
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  • Well maintained spacious park with many varieties of trees. Good for all outdoor activities. Camping is allowed in some areas in summer. Fishing is an option if you've pre purchased a fishing licence.
  • 5 minutes off the highway the falls offers so much in all seasons allthough Autumn is my favourite. Walks, picknick spots, camping,fishing,canoeing, Native birds, exotic and native trees an animal park and lots more.
  • 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
  • Love! love! Love! This park. So much to see and do. Lots of little walks great scenery. Perfect place to take the family.
  • Always a great place to visit and camp. Very scenic and glowworm trail

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