Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
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The Dawson Falls Visitor Centre is located within Egmont National Park (proposed to be named Te Papa-Kura-o-Taranaki) New Zealand’s second national park.

Dawson Falls Visitor Centre is located on the south-eastern side of the national park. The Taranaki/Egmont National Park Visitor Centre is on the northern side.

The visitor centre sits at 902 m above sea level, it can get cold, so come prepared.

Nearby is Dawson Falls waterfall and the Dawson Falls power station, one of the oldest operating hydro stations in the Southern hemisphere.

Opening hours

  • 9 am – 3.30 pm Thursday - Sunday
  • Closed Christmas Day (25 December).

Information and services

  • Information on local tracks and huts.
  • Information about local and national conservation efforts.
  • Other information about local attractions and businesses.
  • Retail area, including jackets, t-shirts, books, maps, and hut tickets.
  • Toilets available 24 hours to the public in the carpark.
  • Display area with historical and conservation information on the park.

Getting there

We are located at Manaia Road end in Egmont National Park, a 30-minute drive from Stratford.
Dawson Falls sits at the top end of Manaia Road. The drive to the road end is narrow and winds through scenic native forest.


Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone +64 27 443 0248
Email egmontvc@doc.govt.nz
Address Manaia Road
Egmont National Park 439
Hours See visitor centre hours
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