Centennial Gardens Waterfall


Centennial Gardens Waterfall

Centennial Gardens Waterfall is the only waterfall within Napier City area. The waterfall is situated within the Centennial Gardens, a public garden in the east of Napier. Best time to visit is the late autumn.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 28.994' E 176° 55.167'
Parking: Breakwater Rd, Bluff Hill, Napier
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Centennial Gardens Waterfall is roughly a 2-minutes’ drive away from Napier City Centre. The road surface is always sealed.

From Napier Centre travel north on the SH-50 (Marine Parade which becomes Breakwater Rd) until you reach an intersection with Coote Rd. You can park your car safely on Marine Parade, or on Coote Rd. Toilets and heaps of benches are available at the Centennial Gardens.

If you leave your car on Marine Parade, cross the road, then cross Coote Rd and enter into the Centennial Gardens. As soon as you’re in the Gardens, you’ll hear the waterfall. Follow the walk-path which leads to the upper pool and the bridge. In 5 minutes you’ll reach the bridge which provides an excellent view of the waterfall.

A closer approach is possible. Just follow the official walk-path which leads to the waterfall’s base. Return via the same track.

The best colorful photos can be taken during late autumn or early winter.


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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