Karamatura Falls


Karamatura Falls

Karamatura Falls is located in the southern part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The beautiful 15-metre waterfall is part of Karamatura Stream which has a series of smaller waterfalls nearby as well.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 36° 59' 58.6716" E 174° 32' 47.8242"
Parking: Huia Road, Huia, Auckland
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Tramping track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


From 1 May 2018, the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park will be closed to prevent the spread of, and to protect against kauri dieback disease. Some tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Parks will also be closed.

Karamatura Falls is roughly a 45 minutes’ drive away from Auckland City. The road surface is always sealed.

From Auckland take the road which leads to Huia village. In Huia turn left immediately past the bridge (don’t turn right to Lower Huia Reservoir) and follow Huia Rd for the next 800 meters, then turn right into a well-signposted carpark. There are toilets and a well-maintained picnic area there.

From the carpark follow an easy Karamatura Loop Walk (any direction) for the first 30 minutes, then take a tramping Karamatura Track. In 15-20 minutes you see a sing ‘falls’. Turn to a short side track which branches from Karamatura Track and descends to the waterfall’s base. It takes 5 minutes to reach the falls from there. The last part of the track is often slippery, so make sure you wear the proper hiking shoes. Return via the same track.

There is a good swimming spot at the waterfall’s base, so don’t forget a towel. If it’s not warm enough, you can climb on the top of a huge rock near the waterfall and relax there, or even have lunch there.

There are at least two more cascades there - the first one is easily accessible, but the second one not. Both of them are located downstream of the main waterfall.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Apart from the tracks described above you could be interested in the following tracks as well:

There is a number of perfect views to Manukau Harbor from the tracks described above. However, if you are not a fun of hiking, you can drive up to the end of Whatipu Rd where you'll enjoy a magnificent view of Manukau Harbor, the Tasman Sea, Cutter Rock and a series of caves on the shore.


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