The hike to the Tarawera Falls is an easy hike preceded by a boat transfer to the jetty at the start of the trail. Start by following the Tarawera river at its source (this river is trout laden and is the outlet for several lakes including Lake Tarawera). Tuis, tomtits, fantails and kereru are the native birds found in this area. The river eventually heads underground and then surges as a 65 metre waterfall from fissures in a large rock cliff face that was formed 11000 years ago as an abrupt end of an ancient lava flow. A picnic lunch is provided and can be enjoyed at the bottom of the waterfall. There are swimming holes on the way. Half day tour.