Piroa Falls


Piroa Falls

Hidden gem, Piroa Falls is located on the Ahuroa River, 45-minutes' drive away from Whangarei. Falls are reached by a gorgeous 10-minutes walk through a native forest and it's a nice stop between Auckland and Whangarei.

GPS Coordinates and address

GPS of the view point: S 36° 4' 1.452" E 174° 23' 12.2676"
Parking: Waipu Gorge Rd,Waipu, Northland

Driving and walking conditions

Vehicle type: All vehicle types Road type:7km Gravel Road
Track type: Easy walking track Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 20m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail


Walking and driving instructions


Piroa Falls is roughly 1.5-2 hours' drive away from Auckland City or 45 minutes from Whangarei. There is a Toll Road if you drive from Auckland. Don't forget to pay NZD 2.20 each way.

From Auckland travel north on the SH-1 for 113 km, then turn left into a gravel Waipu Gorge Rd and follow it for the next 7 km. A small carpark is on your right and has a sign 'Piroa Falls'. There are no facilities there.

An easy 20-minutes return walk starts from the carpark and leads to the waterfall's base. First walk down the stairs, then cross the river over a concrete bridge, and follow the river until you see the falls. The track is easy one but not suitable for a wheelchair.

At the end of the track you will find a concrete table for a picnic with the view of the waterfall. The benches are very cold, so don't forget to take something warm with you if you've got kids.


Waterfalls nearby


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Attractions nearby


Waipu Cove - one of Bream Bay's excellent surfing beaches, it offers an enticing combination of sparkling waters and white sands. The beach is safe for swimming and boating and has panoramic views of Bream Bay.

20 minutes drive from Waipu are the famous Waipu Caves. These are accessible to casual visitors (suitable footwear recommended) Information available at the Waipu Museum.


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