Weddings and events
At McLaren Falls we have three great locations for your wedding ceremony. They can each accommodate varying amounts of people.
Please select your location carefully based on how many guests you have attending. The maximum number we can accommodate is 75 people at Bottom Flat.
- Bottom Flat - up to 75 people
- Cherry Bay - up to 40 people
- Rotary Grove - up to 45 people
Further information about holding weddings at council reserves can be found at Using our parks - weddings.
Bringing your horse
In the park there is an equestrian area available for use. Horses are not to be ridden throughout the rest of the park.
If you want to use the jumps and equestrian area facilities, contact Susan Woodcock at the Tauranga Pony Club, who can advise availability and costs. Please be mindful that the equestrian area is still open to the public.
All horses must be unloaded and loaded in the designated equestrian park at Blooming Acres, located at the back of the park.
If you want to erect any temporary structures in the equestrian area please discuss with the parks booking coordinator prior to your booking start date.
McLaren Falls Park disc golf course
Our 18-basket disc golf course is among the most spectacular in the country. Follow the signs from the front gate to the start of the course at Pin Oak Flats.
View the disc golf course map (5mb pdf)
Should you have any enquires regarding the course please contact Darryl Switalla on 021 031 4117.
There is year-round fishing in Lake McLaren and in the Ruahihi Canal. You are required to have a fishing licence. You can buy a licence online from Fish and Game New Zealand or from participating sports shops. Season licences expire 30 September each year.
Wairoa River and McLaren Falls
On the Wairoa river near Tauranga, Manawa Energy runs the Kaimai Hydroelectric Power Scheme. This includes a superb recreational area, popular for kayaking, rafting, fishing, running and picnicking. To provide great white water for recreational kayakers and rafters, we regularly release water from McLaren Falls dam during warm months.