McLaren Falls Park

Renowned for its seasonal colours and photo opportunities, McLaren Falls Park has grown into one of Tauranga’s most popular destination parks. It is 190 hectares of lake-land park with stunning views, extensive walkways and one of the best botanical collections of trees in the North Island.

The park receives 70,000 vehicle visits per year. Facilities include a visitor centre, toilets, showers, barbeques, a hostel and a leased café. It is a popular site for camping, fishing, kayaking, education programmes, picnics and concerts.

There are 10km of high-quality walking tracks throughout the park. Most of the recent upgrade work has been done by corrections workers after a trial programme four years ago proved hugely successful. Other ongoing maintenance has been done by conservation groups and full-time staff.

McLaren Falls Park has a rich history, from its early 20th century origins as a power station to its mid-1960s transformation into an arboretum. First championed as a public park by the Tauranga Tree Society, hundreds of thousands of community hours have helped make McLaren Falls Park what it is today. It deserves a Green Award as much for its heritage as it does for its proven popularity and excellent facilities.

Park Facilities

Boating Lake
Cycle routes
Dog Free Area
Education Centre
Free parking
Nature Walks
Picnic Area
Visitor Centre
Walking Routes
Green Flag
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Managing Organisation
Tauranga City Council
Beau Bennett
+64 (0)7 577 7000