The track runs between the Waterfall road carpark to the spectacular falls, where water surges out of fissures in a high cliff face.
Follow the track that leaves the carpark heading upstream along the Tarawera River. You will reach a bridge crossing over Tarawera River and the track continues upstream until you arrive at the falls viewing area where you can fully appreciate their splendour. Signs at the viewpoint explain the cultural and natural significance of the area.
Back-track to return to the carpark or continue along the tramping track to Tarawera Outlet (approximately another 2 hours one way).
Note: There is structural damage on the Tarawera Falls Track. The track has been re-routed to allow access to and from the falls however caution is required.
Facilities: A toilet is located at the carpark. There is a viewing area with a seat at the falls.
Putauaki, also known as Mount Edgecumbe, is a dacite volcanic cone in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand. Located 50 km east of Rotorua and three kilometres east of Kawerau, it is the easternmost vent of the Okataina volcanic centre, within the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The mountain rises to 820m above sea level, and is visible from the waters of the Bay of Plenty, 30 km to the north. Climbing to the summit of Putauaki takes about 2 hours up and around 1.5 hours to come down. A permit is required to access the road and to climb the mountain. These permits can be obtained from MIL (Maori Investments), who are located on Waterhouse Street Extension (off River Road) in Kawerau. They can be contacted on 07 323 8146, and are only open Monday - Friday. If you require a permit for the weekend, these must be pre-arranged prior to that date.