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Wairere Falls, Okauia

4.8
#14 of 25 in Nature in Waikato Region
Waterfall Nature / Park
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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  • It was worth the effort. The landscape is beautiful at the top, the place is relaxing and idyllic. To do!
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  • Probably should have built up to this with some easier walks!? Although I made it, I was steaming like a wet cow when I did! After a few days of rain, the falls were spectacular! I wore my "Red Bands"...  more »
  • I go up the falls often to exercise, as do many local people. This is truly worth the visit if your visiting Hobbiton and staying in or around Matamata  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • A very good but challenging and tiring walk, although i saw some people running it!!! (crazy). the view at the top was just breathtaking though!!! I went on a clear day and so you could see for 100's of K's which was amazing! Great visit for those who arent in the country for long and want to see what NZ can offer!
  • Loved the walk and it has options from 1 hour to 15 hour walks.
  • Beautiful gem in the heart of the Piako area. A decent walk up to the top is worth the sweat! Amazing views and be sure to cool off up stream where it's safe.

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