Wairere Falls, Okauia

The highest waterfall on North Island, Wairere Falls tumbles 153 m (500 ft) over a two-step drop in Kaimai Range. The long walking trail toward the attraction first reaches a rest point at a platform overlooking a valley, where you can view the falls from afar. Continue along the path and make the climb to the top of the falls, where another platform provides a magnificent viewpoint at the mouth of the waterfall. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and avoid visiting if rain is expected, as the trail becomes muddy and difficult to navigate when wet. Use our Okauia day trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Wairere Falls and other attractions in Okauia.
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  • October 8, 2017
    Good solid walk, a bit brutal towards the end, but the scenery crisscrossing over cascades at the base of the waterfall is breathtaking!  more »
  • October 7, 2017
    Beautiful!! We got "only" to the lookout 45minutes and 45 return even to get to the top you have to make other 45 minutes!! The view is worth the trouble walking in nature is worth every drop of sweat but you have to be mentally prepared is not a path too simple paths if so you can call them they are definitely off the beaten path but made of stones jumps small Fords stakes climb over nothing dramatic but it's good to know that there is to do in slippers and lightly
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  • August 29, 2017
    The falls are spectacular, and the track to the base of them is fairly easy, but if you put in the effort to get to the top you are rewarded with panoramic views over the Hauraki Plains  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Beautiful views. Hour and a half hike. Lots of stairs and steps. Should be in good shape to complete. Options for half track and full track. Parking available outside on the road. Public washroom available at start of track.
  • September 6, 2017
    One of the best short walks I had in New Zealand. Amazing views
  • September 21, 2017
    Beautiful view at the top. 45 min to the low lookout + 45 min to the top. Toilets and parking available at the bottom
  • January 30, 2017
    Amazing waterfall, both times I've been I've been absolutely saturated by the water coming back up the cliff - awesome experience, just make sure that you have a change of clothes and towel back at the car. Amazing view from the top. Track after the viewing platform can be quite muddy, so take appropriate footwear
  • May 6, 2017
    Awesome place for a walk. The lookout walk can be done easily. (my 5 year old and 80+year old grandmother both did it, slow but sure) the top is a challenge but worth the effort for the views and satisfaction of success. I've actually abseiled off these falls which was an adventure!

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