Things to Do

Mountain Biking

Just 10 minutes drive from Firmin Lodge is Onepu Mountain Bike Park, with a single track and forest trails ideal for beginner and intermediate riders.

Trekking/Trail running

Kawerau is central to a number of great Trails. It is the gateway to the Tarawera Lake, Putauaki and Falls Trails.

Whitewater Course / Rafting

Competitive, social and leisure rafting are popular on the Tarawera river.  Join experts and raft grade two and three rapids in Kawerau, or journey into the Tarawera Forest and enjoy a leisurely family-friendly rafting or tubing adventure.

Hot Pools

Only a few minutes from Firmin Lodge is the Maurie Kjar Memorial Swimming Pools, our free, heated pool complex, in the middle of Kawerau, opposite the Kawerau Visitor Information Centre. There is a 30m pool divided by a bulkhead into a 25m pool and a 5m pool, and two smaller pools for children. All pools have some shade.


Kawerau is the only town in New Zealand with a purpose-made natural white-water slalom course on its doorstep.  The Tarawera River’s grade two and three rapids are perfect for canoe slalom competitions and training camps.  Lake Tarawera and Rotoma provide flatwater kayaking opportunities.  Adventure kayakers can enter the Tarawera River 10kms below the Tarawera Falls and kayak all the way to Kawerau.


Trout fishing is literally at the back doorstep of Firmin Lodge, right on the Tarawera River.  A short walk away is Ruruanga Stream and within a 20-30 minutes drive fishers can explore Lake Tarawera, Rotoma and Okataina.

Sports clubs and teams

Firmin Lodge is the perfect base camp for sports training camps and competitions.  Kawerau provides affordable facilities for rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball, roller derby and more.

Visit the surrounding areas

Bring your group to Kawerau and you will be within easy reach of lakes, beaches, forests, major cities, and thermal areas. With Tauranga 1.5 hours drive, Rotorua less than an hour and Whakatane only a 30 minute drive away they are all within easy driving distance to explore.


There are some iconic events that happen in Kawerau such as the King of the Mountain and the Tarawera Ultramarathon. Firmin Lodge is a great base for more great events.

Discover the magic of Kawerau

Discover the magic of Kawerau. Centrally located in the heart of the Bay of Plenty and surrounded by an abundance of natural resources, the Kawerau District offers a unique lifestyle and business environment. With the Tarawera River right on our doorstep, Kawerau is the first choice as the outdoor and adventure playground of the eastern Bay of Plenty.

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