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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 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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06.01 Kawerau JP service
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29.09 Music for Mothers with ba
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29.09 Friends and Heroes
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29.09 D.I.Y. WORKSHOPS
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Latest news

Kawerau Success story!!
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Galaxy over Kawerau
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Kawerau resident satisfaction higher than national average
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Birthday bash for Kawerau's 60th
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Tarawera High School students visit SCION
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Kawerau celebrates 60th birthday this weekend
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Bay tops guest visits
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Bringing colour to the streets
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Govt invests in Vibram Ultramarathon
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Kawerau 60th birthday plans build
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From Next Top Model to the Paris catwalk
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Giving back
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NZ Street Art Festival - the countdown is on...
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SCA Kawerau expansion
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Katchafire to headline Kawerau festival
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Great success with town promotion
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Kawerau readies for rafting World Champs
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Woodfest 2013 brings big crowds
The 2013 Woodfest and National Woodskills competition was another huge success with good crowds. The judge of the national competition, Roy Buckley... Read More

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Programme to help Kawerau businesses succeed
Kawerau X Incubate is a 10 week programme where participants...

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