Wairere Falls, Okauia

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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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  • Just beautiful and definitely every effort value. to the lower loockout 45 minutes walking. 1.5 h a nice hike to the upper lookout with an even better target. GOOD FOOTWEAR REQUIRED!
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  • Of course nice walk on path with many boulders, boulders and landscaped stairs. About 45 minutes there is a lookout and after another 45 minutes you stand at the top. Popular with the people of New Zealand at the weekend, but not as well known by tourists. The environment with the Kaimai ranges at all is worth it.
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  • We saw the sign for Wairere Falls and thought why not? You can see it from the road and it does look spectacular. The sign says it takes 45 mins to the lookout and 90 mins if you want to go to the sum...  more »
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  • This is our yearly trek up to the top of the falls. It's a fantastic place but never fails to amaze me by the people heading up there totally under prepared. To get to the top is a hard slog up and shouldn't be under estimated. But once your there the stunning views make it all worthwhile and an awesome place to hang out.
  • Great walk... challenging however very rewarding. View down below is better than up top. It's a shame we can't get closer to the base of the water fall.
  • Easy to Moderate climb. Approximately 3 hours return on slow pace. Got some great swimming holes too.
  • This is a stunning piece of paradise on the edge of the Kaimais, but you have to work hard to enjoy it. The walking track can be a challenge for the unfit, but even with my dodgy knee I managed to get to the top to enjoy the amazing view. The start of the track has recently been diverted and can be a little slippery under foot, as can the rest of the track depending on any recent rain. You need to arrive early morning if you want to get a park in the car park, otherwise expect a walk along the road to get to the trail head. We managed to get to the lower lookout in about 45 minutes but we were not rushing. The lookout enjoys a full length view of the waterfall and allows for a good selfie opportunity. To really experience the waterfall in full, you need to continue up the track to the top. This is where the track gets really steep. There is even a narrow wooden staircase zigzagging up a vertical cliff face, which can test the leg stamina a lot. Another 45 minutes or so gets you to the top of the waterfall. Once you get to the top lookout you can really appreciate the view, but only if you have struck a good day. Some days this is very foggy and cold and on windy days you should expect to get very wet up here as the waterfall tends to blow back uphill. A change of clothes might be a good idea, but a fun experience. As this is a very popular place, you should also expect many people up here, which means taking the perfect photo can be hampered with people in the background. Overall, I really enjoyed this walk and despite the climb, I would love to come again. Next time when it's really windy for the full immersion experience!
  • 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.
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