The pleasant town of Kawerau has one of the warmest average temperatures in New Zealand. Kawerau is located close to the thermal centre of the North Island and the surrounding forest and bush provide the base for many activities including walking, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. The various nearby rivers and lakes are great for fishing, kayking and white water rafting.

Head to the Rautahi Marae and you will discover Kawerau's Maori heritage. The carvings on the meeting house represent the nationalities and tribes of the community. Today, the district's 7000 people rely heavily on the pulp and paper mills located near the town.

Geographic Location

East of Rotorua in the thermal belt of the Central North Island




Hot summer days and clear, frosty winters.

Summer: 26 - 21°C
Winter: 17 - 22°C

Average rainfall