mclaren falls park

Forest | Lakes | Parks | Rivers | Waterfalls
McLarens Falls Park is 190 hectares of parkland set alongside Lake McLaren and is just ten minutes by car, from Tauranga.
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both modern & ancient

McLaren Falls Park is an easy place to film with multiple different location options in the 190 hectare park.

Glow Worms

An on-site glow worm walk featuring great mossy green bush backdrop on a 10 -15 min loop track. Very accessible.

Amazing foliage & water shots

Arboretum and Lake offer great imagery in autumn/spring when deciduous trees do their thing.


Canals make a great look for post apocalyptic / sci-fi / car chase. Permission through Trustpower.

permit details

Tauranga City Council, Trustpower – access to canals

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

219 Kilometres | 2 Hours, 39 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

67 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

67 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

105 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 26 Minutes

Taupo CBD

133 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 43 Minutes