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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the remote township of Tarawera. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

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.

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

Map showing Visiting Tarawera - Roadside Stories