Maraetotara Falls


Maraetotara Falls

A scenic Maraetotara Falls can be found along the popular Maraetotara Historic Walk, close to the site of the old Havelock North Power Station. An easy drive from Napier, pleasant walk and a huge swimming spot at the base of this waterfall, make Maraetotara Falls hugely popular place among the locals.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 44' 53.178" E 176° 56' 10.662"
Parking: Maraetotara Rd, Maraetotara
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Tiered



Walking and driving instructions


Maraetotara Falls is roughly a 40 minutes’ drive away from Napier. The road surface is always sealed.

From Napier travel south on the SH-2 for 11 km, then in Clive turn left into Mill Rd and follow it for the next 1.5-2 km. Turn right into Lawn Rd and stay on it for the next 3 km until the intersection with Te Mata Mangateretere Rd, then turn left into Te Mata Mangateretere Rd which becomes Waimarama Rd. Cross the Tukituki River over the bridge, and keep to the road for the next 4 km, then turn right into Maraetotara Rd. A small parking area is on your right – 3 km from beginning of the road. There are no facilities there.

An easy Maraetotara Historic Walk leads to the base of the waterfall. From the parking walk down the wooden stairs, then at the junction turn left. The track follows the river, and it takes only 10 minutes to reach the waterfalls’ lookout. Return via the same track.

A swimming spot at the base of the waterfall is extremely popular among the locals, so don’t forget a towel. Some people jump from the top of the falls, but it is very dangerous, and we would not recommend to do it.

If you’ve got time - walk Maraetotara Historic Walk, you won’t be disappointed! Discover the old Havelock North Power Station and beautiful surroundings. The track is easy, and kids will love it.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Napier is a popular tourist city, with a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture. It also has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania of the Reef. Thousands of people flock to Napier every February for the Art Deco Weekend event, a celebration of its Art Deco heritage and history. Other notable tourist events attracting many outsiders include the region's annual Wine & Food Festival (named Harvest Hawke's Bay), and Mission Concert at the Mission Estate Winery in the nearby township of Taradale.


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