McLaren Falls


McLaren Falls

McLaren Falls, actually multiple cascades, is located on Mangakarengorengo River, a 20 minutes easy drive from Tauranga. Usually, it's a waterfall almost without water because of the Power Generation Station located upstream, but in a rainy season it looks absolutely unbelievable. In warm days lots of people swim in cool water at the base of these waterfalls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37° 48' 21.1818"  E 176° 2' 42.2628"
Parking: McLaren Falls Rd, Lower Kaimai
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m Type of the waterfall: Segmented

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S 37° 48' 21.1818"  E 176° 2' 42.2628"
Parking:     McLaren Falls Rd, Lower Kaimai
Access:     2min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


McLaren Falls is roughly a 20-minutes' drive away from Tauranga or 1.5-hours from Hamilton. The road surface is always sealed.

From Tauranga travel east on the SH-29 for 18 km, then turn left into McLaren Falls Rd and follow it for the next 1.2 km until you reach a car park (just before the bridge). There are no facilities there. Picnic tables and toilets are available at Marshalls Animal Park (cross the bridge and drive for 5 more minutes).

The waterfalls are seen from the road, but it's very popular among the people of descent to the falls and swim in the different pools there. So don't forget a towel.

Don’t be disappointed! McLaren Falls is a type of waterfalls which may have little or no water at all during a dry summer. Hence if the summer is dry with no rain for a few weeks, please don’t expect to see a powerful waterfall. 

Note: if you want to visit the falls when they're in 'full power' please refer to this site: TrustPower regularly release water from McLaren Falls dam.

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