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Ten minutes drive out of Tauranga City is McLaren Falls Park, 190 hectares of pastoral and horticultural parkland set alongside Lake McLaren.

The park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, wedding photos, picnics, bush walks and summertime concerts.  It is also home to one of the best botanical collections of trees in the North Island.

One of the highlights of the park is the Waterfall Track where you can see glow worms after dusk.  Enjoy a short, easy stroll to the picturesque waterfall and spot the glow worms on either side of the track.  Part of the Waterfall Track is also wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly.

View larger map of Mclaren Falls ParkOpening hours

Summer: 7.30am – 7.30pm
Winter: 7.30am – 5.30pm

Slow vehicle access is available throughout the park for easy access to picnic areas.  Gates open for outgoing vehicles after closing time, so you don’t need to be in a hurry to leave: stay and enjoy the glow worms!


There are a small number of gas barbeques located around the park. BBQs are free to use. They are operated by pressing a button on the barbeque.

There is also a café by the information centre:  Falls Cafe, phone 07 543 4976.

Marshalls Animal Park is accessed through the park and features exotic animals, a must-see for children.  Phone 07 543 1099.

Around 300 sheep roam through the grassed areas so dogs are not permitted within McLaren Falls Park.

Park Ranger

A ranger is on duty seven days a week at McLaren Falls Park and can be contacted on Tauranga City Council 07 577 7000.

HostelOvernight accommodation


Maximum stay for camping is three nights. Any open grassed area is available for camping except Cherry Bay.  Shower facilities are free and available at Pin Oak Flat. 

Adults:  $5.00
Children under 16:  Free

Bookings are not required for camping, locations are available on a first come first serve basis. 


The hostel is next to the equestrian area and has a view all the way back to Mauao.  It sleeps 16 people and can be booked out for $115.00 per night.  For backpacker rates and group bookings please phone Tauranga City Council on  07 577 7000.


All bookings for weddings, events and the hostel are done through the booking office on 07 577 7000 or by email

Trout Fishing

Falls WalkThere is year-round fishing in Lake McLaren and in the Ruahihi Canal.  You are required to have a fishing licence. You can buy a day licence from Marshalls Animal Park or participating sports shops.  Season licences expire 30 September each year.

Tracks and Walks

History of McLaren Falls Park

Click on the pictures below to enlarge.

Illawara Flame tree

Ilawarra Flame Tree
Jan 2007 

Lake in Autum april 2002

Lake in Autumn
April 2002

Lake in Autumn March 2003

Lake in Autumn
March 2003

Falls in full flow March 2007

Falls in full flow
March 2007

Falls in full flow march 2007

Falls in full flow
March 2007

Falls in usual flow 2003

Falls in usual flow

Red trees in the park.

July 2006


A winter day.

Winter Day
Courtesy of
Sharon Carter

Black and White of Bridge over Falls

Black & White of
Bridge over Falls




Last Reviewed: 09/04/2014