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Wairere Falls, Okauia

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 110+ 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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  • I like waterfalls. I've seen Niagara, Krka, a dozen in maine and New hampshire, Montmorency in quebec, 5-6 here in New Zealand, Yellowstone falls, a bunch of other. This is well up there. I didn't kno...  read more »
  • Wairere Falls is located near Te Aroha, an agricultural town at the foot of the Kaimai ranges on the Waikato side. The starting point (Goodwin Road) is easily located, especially using google maps. I ...  read more »
  • It takes about 1-1.30hours to get the wairere falls, but it is worth it. It can be quite hard to climb the mountain. but the view is wonderful. so I really recommand here. 
  • 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
  • Absolutely worth the 90min walk to the top. Fantastic views!
  • Not hard to find at all, that is if you have an updated GPS or Google Maps which we used to get here. Car park is secure and accessible right from the beginning of the track, websites say no dogs allowed, but there were numerous owners and families with their dogs out on the track, regret bringing my own when we went. Hike took us about an 1 or so one way that was with rest stops and photo opportunities with friends. We went on a rainy winter day but the tree canopy provided a bit of cover from the rain, also we over packed on the day so I suggest only carrying 1 large bottle of fluids, snacks and maybe a sandwich or two for the day. A bit slipper also in some parts so I suggest bringing grip or track shoes/trainers, definitely not heavy hiking boots. The top of the waterfall and stream heading towards it was beautiful, I can imagine summer being able to swim in the numerous clear water pools up there, definitely plan on going back in the summer!
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