Maketu Waterfall


Maketu Waterfall

A popular spot for a summer swim, Maketu Waterfall is found at the Maketu Pa Cemetery Reserve, just 15 minutes’ drive away from Manukau Centre.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37°08.489' E 174°59.343'
Parking: Pratts Rd, Ramarama, Auckland
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 8m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


Maketu Waterfall is roughly a 30 minutes' drive away from Auckland City. The road surface is always sealed.

From Auckland head south on the SH-1 for 46km until you reach ‘Ramarama’ exit. Take ‘Ramarama’ exit, turn left into Ararimu Rd and follow it for the next 1.5km, turn left into Pratts Rd, then immediately past the cemetery you reach a small car park (on your left). Leave your car here. There are no facilities there.

From the parking cross the clearing and look for a walking path (on your right) which jumps into the bush. First 5 minutes of the track is an uphill section which can be slippery after rain. Then the path descends to the stream bed. There are some stairs to make the descend easier and safer, but still can be slippery after rain, so extreme care is required. The track leads to the waterfall’s base. In summer time it’s a very popular swimming spot among the locals, so don’t forget a towel. Return via the same track.

Note: The Maketu Pa- Reserves are managed by the Whatapaka Marae. Please do not remove or disturb any remains. They are an important record of our history and are protected by law. ©Auckland Council


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Hunua Ranges Park - these bush clad ranges with streams, waterfalls, and magnificent vistas offer a natural playground less than an hour drive from Auckland. The park is the largest native forest in the Auckland region. Enjoy a family outing to the Hunua Falls with picnic areas and a variety of walks.


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