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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  • 1.4klms off the main rd and you will come to McLaren falls. Fantastic place to swim and lounge around in the water. Very popular tourist spot in holiday season. Very beautiful and relaxing.  more »
  • This is a very big park which you can drive around. A great place to take a picnic and you can also camp.  more »
  • Well worth the 20 minute drive from Tauranga Central. A beautifully layout of parks, take a picnic, waterfall for walk definitely worth the effort lots of places for swimming or just feeding the ducks...  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous area awesome watching young people jump off the bridge into the river. Make sure you drop in for a bite at the cafe yummy food & drinks to be had sit outside under the trees so peaceful
  • Great camping sites avaliable. Staff were awesome after we turned up late.
  • Awesome park. Really big. We only did a small bit around the falls. But we will totally go back there again. My son loved taking photos on his camera there.
  • Beautiful public park created with land surrounding the hydroelectric plant. Very well maintained, many of the trees are identified. A great place, maybe hidden from tourists?
  • Beautiful park. Spring is one of the best seasons to visit. There is a very nice animal park there as well (paid).

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