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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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Reviews
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  • a very pleasant and not too difficult walk - 15 mins if you are fit - maybe 30 mins if you are less fit - a beautiful indulgence into ferns and trees, dampness and lustre. And then at the end there ar...  more »
  • We had a reference but we didn't know that it was so picturesque, in contracts accommodation fun tranki the and a pair of children small house which made the stay very warm with very nice people
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  • The most beautiful walk and the most beautiful waterfall! Easy to find from Piha, cruisy walk along the stream before heading up (not too steep) to spectacular views from the bottom of the Kitekite Fa...  more »
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  • Great waterfall! It's a mission to get from the end of the path to in front of the falls though. People have piled up a few branches to cross the water.. pretty dangerous
  • The tramp to the base of the falls are mostly level and easy on even younger kids. Even in the heat of summer there is shade for the majority of the walk. And if it's really warm, bring a towel and take a dip in the pool beneath the falls. Very refreshing!
  • Beautiful waterfall to top off a nice little walk! Perfect to relax for a couple hours!
  • Beautiful waterfall, creek and walk. Easy short walk to falls. Well worth the visit.
  • A great walk. Can be a little walk or a big one. Crisp cool water for swimming in.