Kaiate Falls, Tauranga

4.7
#2 of 6 in Nature in Tauranga
Walk through a forest reserve to reach Kaiate Falls, a series of multiple cascades leading to a swimming hole at the bottom. The trail brings you to the top of the waterfalls (also called Te Rerekawau), where you can then make your way down to the bottom, allowing you to see the falls in their entirety. Try to identify the puriri and kohekohe trees along the way and keep an eye out for birds. Maps and markers along the trail make it easy to navigate the area, but remember to wear sturdy walking shoes and take plenty of water. Be wary of leaving anything valuable in your car, as theft is not uncommon. Plan your Kaiate Falls visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tauranga using our Tauranga trip itinerary planning app .
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  • A well maintained path with steps and handrails lead down the steep wooded hillside beside the falls. The drop from top to bottom is about 70 meters, and the water flows over 5 possibly 6 different ca...  more »
  • Beautiful walk, several falls to view. Very scenic. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Would recommend. Not clean water unfortunately signs up advising not to swim. Apparently people still are. So person discreti...  more »
  • Nice route for half an hour in the middle of the trees and the call of the running water... Well signposted, nice landscape and beautiful waterfall. Nothing impressive but very refreshing.
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  • This is a really lovely spot, hidden away from most tourists. There is a lovely loop road down past the different falls giving excellent views. The path is in good condition but it is quite steep in places as it does take you to the very bottom of the lowest falls. The upper falls is a nice cascade of 3 levels whereas the lower one is a higher single falls that is surrounded by a beautiful green amphitheater and a wonderful swimming hole. Photos include a couple of shots after a very heavy rain.
  • -1/2 star because the trail is so short; don’t come here expecting a long hike or run (although would make a great stair workout)! But the drive in via beautiful rural farmland with rolling hills, the views from the top, and the many sets of beautiful raging waterfalls at the bottom make for an epic couple hours. You’re even allowed to camp there in a vehicle for up to 3 days, according to signage! Parking lot is very small though, enough room for maybe 10-20 cars, so not ideal for a huge RV. The other -1/2 star is because I was hoping to swim, but there’s a sign “recommending against swimming” due to “microbial organisms” - not sure what that means exactly, but as a foreigner, I figured it was best to heed the warning and just admire the scenery instead.
  • Really spectacular and quite wet after all the rain in early February 2018. Not sure what the river is like when it's a bit more dry, but when I did it, the lower trail did involve crossing the river in about two feet of fast moving water right above a waterfall. Water shoes and quick drying clothes are a good idea. There's also quite a few stairs. It's not extremely challenging, but might require a little bit of fitness or a slower pace.
  • Great place. Jumped from the top of the waterfall - what an AMAZING experience. Wear good shoes though - as some rocks are very slippery! Nice pools for the little ones to take a dip in
  • Perfect for a very easy hike. ~20min return if you stop to look at nothing.. Ropes to swing into the water at the bottom of the bigger water fall. If you keep your eye out you can find the NZ flag silver fern here.
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