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Wairere Falls, Okauia

(4.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange to visit Wairere Falls and other attractions in Okauia using our Okauia itinerary planner.
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  • We had an early morning start, and decided to go see if we could get to the falls before Hobbitton tour. We did not realize it would be 45 minutes to the falls, and 45 minutes back down, but we decide...  more »
  • Not far off the road in North Rotorua is this beautiful waterfalls with Kayaker's going down the river and over the smaller falls. Nestled in the woods it's probably a 10 min walk on a good path. If y...  more »
  • This is a great walk. Took about 3 hours there and back. Gradual to start with then gets steep, lots of stairs. Be prepared to get wet at the top. Views awesome.  more »
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  • Great hike along a roaring stream through lush forest. About 45 minutes each way to the lower overlook. Really muddy and slick after rains.
  • Small but great falls. 45 min to the looking point, and 90 to the summit. Round trip, from the base to the summit: 3 hs (without breaks).
  • Bit of a tough climb to the top out the water fall but totally worth the view at the top! had a lovely picnic next to the steam. The surrounding forest was beautiful. The track look reasonably well maintained and was fairly popular, with quite a few groups going in the opposite direction.
  • Fantastic walk through fairyland forrest. We only made it to the base lookout to the falls, and it was a fairly demanding walk, including an amazing circular staircase to raise you very quickly in height. Having said that we passed plenty of families with young children. Also many athletes in training, some of whom were less "polite" than others. Fantastic day! There are no picnic spots, the carpark is far too small and the toilets not suitable for the traffic on the day we were there, however there were several great swimming holes being enjoyed by families so be prepared and have a wonderful day!
  • A bit a trek...but medium fitness should be fine...definitely worth the drive