Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri

Must see · Waterfall · Nature / Park
One of the area's most popular photo opportunities, picturesque Rainbow Falls cascade over hard basalt rock into a shimmering pool. The 27 m (88.6 ft) fall is just a short walk away from the parking lot, but you can extend your visit with a number of longer scenic walks starting from this point. Bring a bathing suit along so you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters below. If the sun is shining, you'll see how the waterfall got its name. By using our Kerikeri trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Rainbow Falls and other attractions in Kerikeri.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Rainbow Falls
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Rainbow Falls reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
865 reviews
  • Overwhelming amazing Spectacular display of nature Easy walk from the car park, on a rainy day it really goes. My partner will be back on a more calm day  more »
  • It had been raining hard for a couple of days so the waterfall was amazing, very fast flowing. Quite spectacular  more »
  • Only 30 min driving from Paihia, very easy and nice with little kids, but the water is contaminated at this time.  more »
  • Our family love coming here. We do the walk from the stone store to the falls often and always enjoy it. Great swimming spots along the way. So many special spots along the walk.
  • A must do when visiting Kerikeri. Amazing waterfall(s) and brisk, beautiful stream. Cool, shady bush walk with native bush all around. Do not miss this. It’s one of the most walked tracks in NZ, but never very crowded at all.
  • Incredible falls to view with a great deep natural pool to swim in at the bottom of the falls. The water is cold but if you're keen it's a great swim with a magical backdrop. Kids love it. Great forest walk along the river with really well maintained paths and a easy walk in walking shoes. Great picnic area at the car park too. Highly recommend
  • Gorgeous. Well worth a trip. You can get behind the falls into the cave if you are prepared to paddle, scramble and clamber! Lots of people swimming too and a nice walk along the river to be enjoyed.
  • Incredible find for any bird lover! Beautiful, colorful birds, knowledgable staff and impressively clean facilities. You can hand feed them, and you can join some in the open aviaries. Very pleasantly surprised with this close to town location. Highly recommended.

Plan your trip to Kerikeri

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.