Bridal Veil Falls


Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is located in the heart of Te Urewera National Park – a waterfalls paradise. Sadly, the waterfall is quite often overlooked because of a more popular neighbour, Aniwaniwa Falls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 44.645' E 177° 09.683'
Parking: Waikaremoana Rd, Urewera National Park
Vehicle type: 4WD vehicle recommended Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:30 or 50km of Gravel Road Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


Aniwaniwa Falls are roughly a 4-4.5 hours’ drive away from Rotorua or 3.5-4 hours from Napier. Don’t rely on Google trip time estimations. The road is a typical winding one with lots of ‘zigzags’ and unsealed surface. We recommend a 4-WD vehicle for this trip.

Driving from Rotorua: travel south on the SH-5, then turn left into the SH38, a sealed road, which becomes a gravel winding road for the last 50km. The last 20-30 km is a zigzag road, sometimes one-way one, which runs alongside the lake's shore.

Driving from Napier: travel north on the SH-2, then turn left into the SH38, a sealed road, which becomes a gravel one for the last 28km.

Follow the main road until you reach an Information Center. There is a huge car park here, which has dedicated place for a picnic and toilets.

From the parking follow Aniwaniwa Falls loop track (the true left stream’ bank). 5-minutes after beginning of the track you should reach a sign 'Bridal Veil Falls'. Turn right into this side track which is about 5-minutes return from the main track. The walk leads to the waterfall’s base. Return via the same track. When you’re back to the main track you have a choice to return back or continue on to walk the loop. If you decide to do the whole loop then you’ll see two more waterfalls – the Upper and Lower Aniwaniwa Falls.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


A trip to Te Urewera National Park is an unforgettable event, doesn't matter if you've been there before or not, you'll always find something new there.

There are plenty of tracks there. If you're not a fan of hiking, enjoy a view of Waikaremoana Lake from either water-taxi or while driving along the lake.

All trampers will be interested in one of the New Zealand Great Walk - Waikaremoana lake walk (3-4 days).


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