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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  • What a lovely walk and a fabulous view awaits those who reach the top plenty of places to paddle and cool down. Allow 45 mins to reach the first lookout and another 45 to climb to the top. It’s a well...  more »
  • Went with the family for a bush walk. Conditions were wet and the track was muddy underfoot. Not suitable for prams or wheelchairs as terrain to rough. Saw kids doing it barefoot and in jandals but wo...  more »
  • The long-ascending walk up to the observational platforms is totally worth it. It can be steep and there are a few sections that lack footing, but not too ridiculous. Beautiful vistas and gorgeous flo...  more »
  • Great walk, not too full on. Very busy on a nice day like today. Swimming, views, beautiful nature bush. Well worth it! Then head to Opal hot Springs for a soak.
  • If you are into hiking then this is a good place. Gravel road and parking space for about 15 vehicles and road side can be used to park cars as well.
  • Great walk. Bout an hour to the top at a medium steady pace. Great views.
  • Great picture opportunity and pleasant walk. Made it a stop between Matamata and Te Aroha (great driving road).
  • An awesome and relatively quick hike. Some good grinding up hill with a rewarding view. If there is any wind at all bring a rainjacket and prepare to get soaked by the water blowing up from the falls. Highly recommended this hike
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