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Numerous events are held in Kawerau, including the Kawerau Woodfest, World Rafting Champs, bird shows, equestrian events, golf, weaving and the Antiques Roadshow.

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Community and living

If you’re looking for a great place to visit, live or retire to, where neighbours care for each other’s well-being, then Kawerau is well worth the consideration.

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Place and Sights

If you appreciate rivers, forests, pristine lakes and beaches  - Kawerau is your paradise.

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Visitors and Commuters

A motorhome friendly town in the heart of the Bay of Plenty, Kawerau’s small town lifestyle offers facilities such as a laundromat, supermarket, chemist, dump station, free camping, free hot pools and free spring water for drinking.

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Kawerau is situated in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.

Kawerau is at the centre of a district rich in clean fresh air, great bush walks and unspoilt New Zealand landscape.

It is close to beaches, lakes and forestry and offers a unique place to rest and relax.

Find out more about Kawerau in New Zealand's Eastern Bay of Plenty - a great place to live, work and play...

Calendar of Events

03.10 Kawerau Craft Market
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10.10 Advertise your event here
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02.11 King of the Mountain
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2014 Kawerau Career Expo
The Kawerau Career Expo sponsored by Te Whare Wānanga o...

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