Mauku Waterfall


Mauku Waterfall

Mauku Waterfall, also known as Wrights Watergardens Waterfall, is located in Wrights Watergardens - a 4-acre garden, beautiful in all seasons. Easy access from Auckland and uniqueness of the water gardens make this waterfall just the right place to visit.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37° 11' 44.016" E 174° 48' 43.1778"
Parking: Wrights Watergardens, Mauku Rd, Patumahoe
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m Type of the waterfall: Fan



Walking and driving instructions


Mauku Waterfall is roughly a 40-minutes' drive away from Auckland City or just 15-minutes from Pukekohe. The road surface is always sealed.

From Auckland head south on the SH-1, then turn right onto the SH-22 (to Pukekohe) and follow it for the next 7 km, then turn right into Glenbrook Rd and follow it for the next 2 km. Turn right into Ostrich Rd which becomes Woodhouse Rd. Turn right into Mauku Rd and follow it for the next 1.3 km. Turn right onto the parking which has a sign ‘Wrights Watergardens’. Leave your car near Reception where you must buy a ‘Garden Entry’ ticket. The entry prices vary from $5 to $10 per person; always check the official site regarding open hours and entry price.

From the Reception take an easy walk through the gardens. If you walk directly to the waterfall’s lookout then you reach the waterfall within 5-7 minutes: follow the track which descends to the pond, the waterfall drops into this pond so that you won’t miss it. A close approach to the waterfall is possible, with care. Please be careful because the rocks are always slippery - kids must always be supervised. 

The waterfall is also seen from a cafe, so you can have your lunch and enjoy a view of the Mauku Waterfall from there.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Manukau Heads Lighthouse, one of few visitor-accessible lighthouses in New Zealand, is located atop Awhitu Peninsula on the south side of the Manukau Heads. Gates are open 9 am to 5 pm daily, and entry to the lighthouse is by donation.


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