Kaiate Falls, Tauranga

4.7
#2 of 6 in Nature in Tauranga
Waterfall Nature / Park
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. Kaiate Falls is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Tauranga Edition.
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  • I went here on winter time and after rain, you have to walk down from parking area to reach the falls and a little hike to back to the parking, but the scenery is worth to go for. We have to drive mil...  more »
  • this wasn't an easy walk as the steps were quite "tall and long" and it was muddy and slippery in places. the steps coming back up were hard work, but it was worth all the effort to see these spectacu...  more »
  • If you're all for random little adventures to find gorgeous slices of NZ paradise then Kaiate Falls is an adventure you need to take. Definitely worth the little mission, a slice of NZ heaven.  more »
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  • Wow! Beautiful view towards the mount over natural forested slopes. A steep climp down to two layers of waterfalls. Clear water spilling down steep rocks into a deep pool at the bottom. It was even more spectacular after recent rains. It can be a bit slippery & muddy when wet, so beware. Well worth a visit.
  • Half hour loop walk and you get to see two lots of nice waterfalls, and native bush. Last waterfall is also a swimming hole for locals. At the top are some nice views of the Mount. Parking can be a nightmare, recommend just parking by the bridge and walking up (turning around can be tight if you have a large car). Toilet also available at the car park
  • Lovely wall and waterfalls. Take your togs on a hot day
  • Great falls, around 30 mins walk. Good for a visit.
  • Great little bush walk & swimming hole. However there are quite a few steps & some are very large, good to keep in mind for those less fit or able.

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Ample accommodations are available for visitors of all persuasions in Tauranga. From cost-effective suburban motels and backpacker haunts to boutique hotels with great sea views, the town lives up to its reputation as a good place to bed down while exploring the Bay of Plenty area. As in many places, the general rule is that the closer you get to the waterfront, the more expensive and luxurious the lodgings.
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