Whangarei Falls,Tikipunga,Whangarei,New Zealand

Address -: Whangarei Falls , 6 Ngunguru Rd, Tikipunga, Whangarei 0173, New Zealand

Otuihau Whangarei Falls is a picturesque waterfall, falling vertically for 26.3 metres over basalt cliffs. Three viewing platforms allow easy access to the dramatic views and a circular walk around the falls allows them to be seen from all angles.
Traditionally this area was a good eeling spot for the local Māori and around the turn of the century it was known as a popular picnic spot from Whangarei. In the late 1920's Mr Archibald Clapham bought the property, reputedly to prevent the falls being developed as a commercial watermill. In 1946 a local businessmen's association raised the purchase price by public subscription and the property became a public domain.
The walk starts at the public car park and crosses the river above the waterfall via a metal bridge. Please exercise caution. The bridge has been designed for flood water to run over it and there is no hand rail. Some people may not feel comfortable using it.
The surfaced walkway continues through the reserve and down a flight of steps to the base of the falls where there is picnic table and viewing area. A bridge across the river leads to the walkway which zig-zags back up the hill through mature bush to the car park.
Safety: Care should be taken to stay on the paths and within the confines of the viewing platforms as the ground can be slippery and dangerous.
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