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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  • this is a great bush walk to see some of the beauty of NZ bush. The walk is for those that don't mind a little bit of variety in track surfaces, there are areas where a little bit of rock clambering I...  more »
  • It was a great hike after being in a car to recharge Matamata. Easy to follow path. Some is quite steep. we found the time posted is the average time to reach the summit. Worth a visit if you have 1.5...  more »
  • Excellent walk, path is well maintained but it is not a flat level path, there are lots of boulders to climb over, 3 bridges and lots and lots of stairs, so wear decent shoes/boots. We walked to the l...  more »
  • Beautiful views. Hour and a half hike. Lots of stairs and steps. Should be in good shape to complete. Options for half track and full track. Parking available outside on the road. Public washroom available at start of track.
  • One of the best short walks I had in New Zealand. Amazing views
  • Beautiful view at the top. 45 min to the low lookout + 45 min to the top. Toilets and parking available at the bottom
  • 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
  • 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!

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