McLaren Falls Park, Tauranga
(4.8/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Camped one night at the McLaren Falls Park and wished we could stay longer. The park ranger was doing her patrol so it was really safe, there was also sheeps around. The lake was beautiful with the su...  more »
  • Great place by the bridge for a swin in the rock pools and also further on walk in the park. Can camp here too. 
  • this is one of Tauranga's top spots for walking,fishing,camping, the birdlife, swimming-the works, even a café on site-beautiful in the autumn with the change of colour of the trees, lovely in the sum...  more »