See why Whangarei Falls is The Most Photogenic in New Zealand

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.

Photo - Whangarei Falls, New Zealand
Whangarei Falls

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

Magical Whangarei Falls, New Zealand
Magical Whangarei Falls, New Zealand

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

Whangarei Falls, New Zealand
Whangarei Falls, Northland, New Zealand

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.

QUESTION….Have you visited any other waterfalls in New Zealand? Please share in the comments below…

My trip to New Zealand is courtesy of Qantas and the Great Crusade tour, however all opinions are my own.

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25 thoughts on “See why Whangarei Falls is The Most Photogenic in New Zealand”

  1. There are some BEAUTIFUL ones in Milford Sound.

    And then my favorite on the Kaituna River which at 7m is the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world! So much fun!!

    1. Hey Leah,

      Your itinerary lokks good for the amount of time you have. We haven’t been to Wellington yet but as you say everyone sings it praises so it’s a shame you won’t have more time there.

      And it’s great you already know some locals so give you that insiders tour 🙂

  2. The Whangarei Falls looks amazing 🙂

    Havent been to New Zealand yet, but after seeing those photos I sure how it on my wish list (or bucket list)!

    Thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos.

  3. Spice Island Resort

    Stunning. I’m so envious of you and the places you’ve been to. I said it before but I’ll say it again: New Zealand is a beautiful country. 🙂

  4. Most photogenic? Interesting…we stayed right near the falls for a few nights at the start of the year and, while they are very pretty waterfalls, would not have thought they were the best in the whole country (there are some stunners on the South Island. Whangarei itself isn’t too exciting but we did enjoy the long nature trail that takes you from the falls into town.

    1. They call them the most photogenic because of the easy access from a main road and an easy walk from the car park. The best, probably not. Apparently there is a MUCH bigger and better waterfall in the area but it takes a serious hike.

      So when they say “most photogenic” they are talking about pure numbers of visitors 🙂

  5. We loved Whangarei Falls too – its’ a great little picnic stop off, as you say! You’re photos are much better than mine though, grr.

    New Zealand for us, was definitely the ‘land of waterfalls’ and it’s great how most of them involve some sort of walk through forest to get to them – another good one is Haruru Falls, which you can get to from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds – the walk is about 3 hours though!

    We stayed in a campsite right opposite this waterfall – it was an awesome view under the moonlight! Shame you’re not heading to the South Island – the road to Milford sound is flanked by HUNDREDS of waterfalls. amazing!

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