Tauwhare Falls

 

Tauwhare Falls

Tauwhare Falls is a typical two leaps multi-step waterfall located in Te Urewera National Park. Not fully seen from the road, but accompanied by an amazing view of Waikaremoana Lake. Quite often overlooked due to more popular neighbour, Mokau Falls.

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 Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 41m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step

 

 


Walking and driving instructions

 

Tauwhare 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.

A car park (same as the Mokau Falls parking) is available at Waikaremoana Rd (no toilets, no tables) 100m past a bridge over the Mokau Stream.

No track. Two-steps waterfall is partially visible from the parking. Unfortunately, a closer approach is not possible.

 


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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