Tarawera Forest Access Permits are required if you are wanting to access the Tarawera Forest. These permits are required by people that wish to visit the Tarawera Falls, or camp at the Tarawera Outlet.

Tarawera Forest Status

The Tarawera Forest is currently open

The roads and walking tracks are very muddy due to recent weather. There is the possibility of debris on the roads and tracks.

Gates Open: 7:30am (approx) Gates Close: 7:30pm (approx)

Our permits are issued through Hancock Forestry Limited (Rotorua) and we follow guidelines set by them.

Tarawera Forest Access Permits are $5.00 ($6.00 online) and are charged per vehicle, not per person.

All permits are non refundable.


Dogs are not allowed in areas administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC). This includes campsites (Tarawera Outlet, Humphries Bay, Hot Water Beach), conservation areas, wildlife refuges and walking tracks and trails (Tarawera Falls track).

Click here for more information.

What these permits do not cover

  • Hunting of any kind, including access to DOC land.
  • Access to Mt. Putauaki (Mt. Edgecumbe)
  • Access to Maungawhakamana
  • Access to Mt. Tarawera
  • Firewood of any kind (including pine cones)
  • Watercress, hangi stones and eeling
  • Access to use McKee Road (Kawerau to Taupo via Murupara)

If you require a permit for Mt. Putauaki (Mt. Edgecumbe), watercress, hangi stones or eeling, these can be obtained by contacting Maori Investments.

Obtaining a forestry permit

Click here to request a forestry permit online or you can pop into the Kawerau i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and pick one up on your way through.

Once we receive your request for a permit online, it will be replied to with payment information, and once your payment shows in our account, your permit will be emailed or posted to you.