Visiting Tarawera - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Tarawera

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Tarawera in the Video tab.

A remote spot on the Napier–Taupō road, Tarawera was first a Māori village, then a military stockade and an important coach stop. Author Katherine Mansfield – then aged 19 – spent a night in Tarawera in 1907, and enjoyed bathing in the nearby hot springs.

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Inland of Hastings and Napier
Katherine Mansfield
Hot springs, mud pools and geysers
Coaches and long-distance buses

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit 

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