The 24 metre high Whangarei Falls is known as the most photogenic waterfall in all of New Zealand.
Because of its ease of access, picturesque bush setting, and guaranteed 365 days per year flow, it is a must see if you are in the Whangarei area.
Located just 5km from the city of Whangarei, which is the northernmost city in New Zealand, the falls is a pleasant place to enjoy a picnic or a walk amidst the native bush.
Whangarei Falls is located in Whangarei Scenic Reserve. This beautiful curtain waterfall is is 26.3m high and falls over basalt cliffs
The base of the falls is known as a healing area and once used for washing the wounded and dead.
It’s part of the Hatea River and one of the most popular swimming spots in the area. Check before swimming as it is said to be contaminated water!!
The picturesque waterfall is 26.3m high and falls over basalt cliffs
Along with sheltered picnic areas, you can also enjoy a gentle loop walk which offers viewing of the falls from both the top and bottom.
I found it quiet, peaceful, with a wonderful ambience in a natural habitat well preserved.
Depending on the amount of recent rainfall, the falls can appear as several parallel columns of water or a large rectangular column.
Walking options for Whangarei Falls
An easy walking path leads to the upper waterfall’s lookout. It takes only 2 minutes to reach this lookout, and the walk is suitable for people of all abilities.
To walk to the waterfall’s base, you need to cross the river via a concrete bridge and follow the track. One minute after crossing the river you’ll see one more upper lookout – don’t miss it.
It will take 5 minutes to reach the waterfall’s base from this lookout and then 5 minutes to come back to the carpark using the same track, or return via the 30-minutes’ loop track. This track has the stairs and not suitable for wheelchairs/strollers.
A longer circular walk to the AH Reid Memorial Kauri Park, which takes around 1 hour to complete, is also an option.
AH Reed Memorial Park is a remnant of the original kauri forests which were once extensive throughout Northland.
The Park features a stunning canopy walkway, enabling visitors to ‘get up close and personal’ with stately 500 year old kauri trees.
Visiting Whangarei Falls Info
Location – Whangarei is 160km, two hours drive north of Auckland on State Highway 1.
Cost – Free Entry.
Bring – Comfortable walking shoes and food for a picnic.
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My trip to New Zealand is courtesy of Qantas and the Great Crusade tour, however all opinions are my own.