Wairere Falls ,Waikato, New Zealand


Address -: Wairere Falls ,Okauia ,Waikato, New Zealand

Wairere Falls, the highest waterfall in New Zealand's North Island, plunges 153 metres (500 feet) in two steps over the Kaimai escarpment
The waterfall is located between Te Aroha and Matamata. A walking track runs from the car park at the end of Goodwin Road, up the valley of the stream to a viewing platform, and thence to the top of the plateau and the crest of the falls. Once at the top one can continue onto the North South track that runs the length of the Kaimai Ranges. The waterfall is extremely tall and can be seen even from SH 27; however, the falls' views are really impressive from the waterfall's lookouts thus 1.5 hours return track worth it. The waterfall is included in New Zealand Must See Waterfalls list.
Wairere Falls is roughly a 2.5-hours' drive away from Auckland or 45 min from Tauranga. The road surface is always sealed.
If you drive from Auckland, travel south on the SH-1, then turn left onto the SH-2 and follow it for the next 36km. Then turn onto the SH-27 southbound and follow it for the next 65.5km, turn left into Wardville Rd (near Waharoa) and stay on it for the next 9.5km. In Gordon turn right into Old Aroha Rd and follow it for the next 6km, then turn left into Goodwin Rd (well signposted). Drive for 850m to reach a large parking at the end of Goodwin Rd. There are a few picnic tables and a long-drop toilet (follow the track for 2-5 minutes).
A moderate 1.5-hours' return Wairere Falls track leads to the waterfalls lower viewing platform. There is a couple of benches along the way where you may have some rest. The first part of the track is quite simple and goes through the bush. The second one consists of a series of the stairs. A good level of fitness is essential.
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