Kitekite Falls, Piha

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Kitekite Falls is a scenic 3-tiered waterfall near Auckland, New Zealand. The falls drop a total of 40m. From the lookout on Kitekite track the falls appear even higher because there is white water running over rocks into a small pool from the upper swimming hole, then falling down into a large pool, then falling to a small pool before beginning an almost vertical descent in the final 3-tiers, making the total height closer to 80m. They are located on the Glen Esk stream near Piha Beach.Kitekite Falls walkFrom the carpark at the end of Glenesk Road, directions are clearly signposted. A well formed loop track, used by around 30,000 people a year (2005), follows the Glen Esk Stream with minor undulations (on the south side) up to a lookout where you find a huge Macrocarpa bench seat to rest on and admire the view. The bench seat was made by offenders doing community work (2005). The track then descends down wooden steps to the base of the falls (40 minutes from the carpark). The track then crosses the stream next to the lower swimming hole and returns down the north side. However, instead of going down again, a walker can climb a reasonably steep track (the Connect Track) which begins about 100m from the base of the falls on the northern side of the stream. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the top of the falls. There is a good swimming hole at the top although the water is cool. From this high vantage point there are great views down the valley.HistoryThe area was milled for kauri from 1910-1921 until milling stopped. All the mature trees in the area were cut down. At the top of the falls, it is clear to see the notches in the rocks (rectangular cutouts for large pieces of wood to rest in). This was the location of the Glen Esk dam. The first attempt to drive logs down the falls resulted in their destruction on the rocks below and the dam was thereafter only used to flush the logs waiting in the stream below down to the mill. The remains of the heavy beams used can still be found in the stream today although they tend to move from time to time. In 2007 a beam fell, broke and half of it wedged itself into rocks at the base of the three tiered falls.
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  • August 11, 2017
    It was about a 20 minute hike from the parking lot...not too difficult. Once at the falls it was beautiful. The water was flowing well today. The pictures were beautiful.  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Lovely 1 1/2 hr return walk & what a fantastic waterfall to see as a reward. Most of the walk is flat but it did have a few uphill sections & approx 20 stairs down at the end, I'm super unfit & not ex...  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    Happened to notice this place on a tourist map and thought I would check it out. Had a great walk through the woods with massive ferns and little water falls. Eventually got to the big fall which took...  more »
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  • A really great afternoon! A few too many people when we went but it was Anzac Day so everyone had the day off. It's easy for the most part but there are a few treacherous spots esp for little kids and oldies. The falls are great but again, not as great when you're sharing with 30 other people!
  • Not as easy of a walk with wet slippery rocks but certainly fun! Dress for it please! Your feet will be wet and there are places with overgrown plants. Don't forget to wash your shoes before and after entering. Protect our native forests :)
  • . (04/2017) An awesome waterfall at the center of multiple Waitakere ranges tracks. There is one nice and easy 30 minutes walkway to waterfall from the carpark which can be easily covered by kids and pets. Spectacular viewpoints on the walkway where you can stop and enjoy the views. It is little narrow and slippery at the end before you enter into front spot of waterfall. So you need to be little careful specially on days when it has rained. Water is waist high and you can easily walk / swim in.
  • Nice walk along the river, can be crowded and the water is refreshing. Don't forget to take the Connect Track to the top of the falls! Cool views and rockpools as well.
  • Very nice secluded place to hike. We took one of the shorter routes straight to the fall (30mins), which was a pretty good payoff. Nice place for a picnic or just to spend a day with the family.

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