Located in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand's North Island, Kawerau is a small town located in a beautiful part of the country. Mount Edgecumbe/Putauaki, which can easily be seen from the town, lies 3 km to the east. The Tarawera River cuts through the town, flowing along the eastern portion of Kawerau and continuing north to the Bay of Plenty. Kawerau's water is supplied to the town by two natural springs and was voted the best-tasting water in the country in 2003 and 2004. The geothermal hot springs in the surrounding bush are operated by local families and provide the needed power for the community's pulp and paper mills, the main source of employment for the community. While the natural beauty of the area is a major reason people decide to visit Kawerau, the town is within easy driving distance of much larger cities, including Tauranga 100 km to the northwest and Rotorua 58 km to the west. The community hosts the Kawerau King of the Mountain annually. This 8K involves racing to the summit of Mount Edgecumbe and back. Because of the gruelling nature of the race, participants who complete the race in less than an hour are included in the SUB 60 Hall of Fame. The race takes place in October, but there are many activities to enjoy in the community no matter the time of year. Renting a motorhome with Mighway will allow you to easily travel the region during your stay in Kawerau.
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Backed by thl and their combined decades of experience in the tourism and motorhome industry, Mighway allows you to rent your vehicle to discerning travellers so you can earn money and share the experience. Mighway offers two levels of service to best suit your needs, Mighway's Local and Managed services. Simply choose your level of service - whether it's the hands-on Local service, or hands-off Managed - and we'll take good care of the rest.LEARN MORE
Jump on board one of our eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience Rotorua’s most spectacular views from one of the best things to do in Rotorua! Skyline Rotorua’s 900 metre long Doppelmayr cableway system will transport you and your friends on a gentle, scenic ride up to the Skyline Rotorua complex.
On arrival at Skyline Rotorua Gondola, relax and take in the 180 degree panorama, take a walk on the nature trails or choose from one of the exciting Rotorua activity options on offer - such as Luge, the Skyswing or Skyvue 4D motion theatre. Before your return Gondola ride, be sure to stop in at the Food Market Kitchen, our marketplace style cafe or the Restaurant & Bar for lunch or dinner. Skyline Rotorua Gondola - a must-do Rotorua attraction!
Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier tourist attraction and a ‘must do’ eco-experience when you visit Rotorua. Our exciting thermal attraction and sightseeing tours include unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features such as steaming volcanic crater lakes. A protected scenic reserve and wildlife refuge, Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal park encompasses beautiful Lake Rotomahana and is set in pristine New Zealand bush. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes south of Rotorua and 40 minutes north of Taupo.
We offer a range of self-guided eco tours and walks through this geothermal park, from a 45 minute walk to an extended 4 hours of discovery through our amazing Valley.
1989 was the year it all began. Doug and Mike Tamaki forged a turning point for tourism in Rotorua and forever changed the way people from around the world experienced cultural storytelling. Two kiwi cowboys doing things a bit differently. From old school buses to hot-rod Harleys and roundabout sing-alongs, a new storyline was unfolding and the families, couples, the globetrotters from near and far were all on board the one-of-a-kind Tamaki Māori Village experience. Now 30 years later, Tamaki has become an iconic brand in tourism – a leading force that pioneers and inspires through authentic and meaningful cultural experiences that the world continues to applaud and celebrate. Tamaki Māori Village is the most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand and was voted the 7th best experience in the world by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice award in 2018.
Violent and unexpected, the volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera on 10 June 1886 was one of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters. For over four hours, rocks, ash, and mud bombarded the peaceful village of Te Wairoa, ending more than 150 lives and destroying the eighth wonder of the world: The Pink and White Terraces. But the story doesn’t end there…
Thanks to the sensitive redevelopment by three generations of the Smith family, The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is now one of New Zealand’s most-visited historical sites, providing visitors a picture of what life was like at the village before, during, and after the eruption.
Established in 1931, The Buried Village of Te Wairoa features an award-winning museum, with excavated objects over 80 years old, and an extensive archaeological site set in 12 acres of meadow and native bush. Detailed signage provides a rich narrative of the people who visited and lived in the village. Enjoy the waterfall trail walking path.
The sealed car park at Firmin Field may be used by independent travellers and organised groups using fully self contained vehicles.Visit Waterhouse St Reserve
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