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Wairere Falls, Okauia
(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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  • This trail was deceptively difficult. The trailhead sign warns that it is "steep and rocky." If you are hiking on a day with rain like we were, than add "muddy and slippery" to the warning. It was ver...  more »
  • A great spot for picnics and just chilling in the cool water in summer. I didn't expect it to be so great. The waterfall itself was amazing but the walk to the waterfall was even better! Great spots i...  more »
  • It's worth every step and the reward of the view from the top makes it all worthwhile. There is not usually this much water coming down, so the stream in much more tranquil and picturesque as you walk...  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