Our Locations > Waterfalls > Western Bay of PlentyMcLaren Falls

McLaren Falls are spectacular and just 10 minutes from Tauranga.

McLaren Falls, actually multiple cascades, is located on Mangakarengorengo River, a 20 minutes easy drive from Tauranga. Usually, it's a waterfall almost without water because of the Power Generation Station located upstream, but in a rainy season it looks absolutely unbelievable. In warm days lots of people swim in cool water at the base of these waterfalls

McLaren Falls Park was featured in Pete’s Dragon. Access is somewhat limited and dangerous carrying equipment and Pete’s Dragon helicoptered equipment in. Lots of people / tourists during summer. Great options for shooting.

Key facts

Distance from Auckland


Key Features

Park, Waterfalls, Lakes, Trees,


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