Mokau Falls

 

Mokau Falls

One of the most stunning and easy accessible waterfalls in Te Urewera National Park, Mokau Falls is seen both from a road and from a carpark. Accompanied by scenic view of Waikaremoana Lake and high side of the lake, the waterfall is just the right place to visit.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 44' 39.5154" E 177° 9' 27.7806"
Parking: Waikaremoana Rd, Urewera National Park
Vehicle type: 4WD vehicle recommended Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:40km Gravel Road (poor road surface) Return track duration: 1min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 37m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

 

 


Walking and driving instructions

 

Mokau Falls is roughly a 4 hours’ drive away from either Rotorua or 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 40km. The last 15-20 km is a zigzag road, sometimes one-way one, which runs along 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 30km. The last 20 km is a zigzag road, sometimes one-way one, which runs along the lake's shore.

When you drive from Rotorua the waterfall is seen from a road roughly 10 km before arrival to the Information Center. A car park is available at Waikaremoana Rd (no toilets, no tables) 100m past a bridge over the Mokau Stream. You can also leave your car in vehicle’s bays before the bridge.

No track. The waterfall is fully visible from the parking or from a road while driving towards the Information Center.

If you wish, you can walk to the waterfall’s base. From Waikaremoana Rd, turn to Mokau Landing Capsite and leave your car near campsite. From here, follow the Mokau Stream until you reach the falls. Please note – there is NO official track there! Hence basic ‘stream walking’ skills are required.

 


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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