One of the most beautiful thermal spots on offer in our region, kerosene creek is a firm favorite with both locals and tourists. Located just past the Rainbow Mountain turnoff on SH 5 is a left turn onto a graveled, Old Wai-O-Tapu Rd. Follow for 2.2kms and you have reached your destination. A two-minute walk and you will find yourself at the falls.
The Matahina Dam is North Island's largest earth dam and the greatest way to explore within the unique ignimbrite walls is with the Kiwi Jet Tours. These tours are adrenaline packed and last about one and a half hours. A trip you are sure not to forget.
Teeming with game and fish is the conjoined land of Galatea, Murupara, Te Urewera and Kaingaroa. Anglers are provided a wide variety of rivers and lakes known for the trophy trout in its waters and hunters are offered the pickings of a range of game whether its deer, pig or birds; when in season. Flaxy Lodge can provide guides for both fishing and hunting.
For a 4x4 form of exploring take your vehicle to see the great spots of the Whirinaki Forest. Four wheel driving is a popular way of getting around and with the great roads available you are sure to be satisfied.
A local waterfall, situated 25 minutes by car on SH 38. A 27 meter drop into the Whirinaki River the mangamate falls is a great destination for tourist with many viewing platforms and safe swimming spots.
The Whirinaki Forest is a fantatstic place with many great hotspots including the Arohaki Lagoon, a rainfed waterway which is home to a number of rare birds. Access is via River road, off Old Te Whaiti Road.
The World's Largest Beer Can Museum is located in the valley of Galatea. This amazing museum holds Over 12,000 cans including the first beer can ever produced. Find out the history behind these unique forms and meet the collector, Barry Steiner.
The extensive Fort Galatea Scenic Reserve contains the remains of two redoubts and other early buildings. Situated just 8 km from Murupara down Korporiki Rd, this site is great for a leasurely stroll.