Waiotemarama Falls


Waiotemarama Falls

Impressive after rain, Waiotemarama Falls is located in Waima Forest, off the beaten track. Remote location and possibility to stay alone make this waterfall just the right place to visit.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 35° 31' 51.7398" E 173° 26' 24.99"
Parking: Waiotemarama Gorge Road, Waimamaku, Northland
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type:6 km of Gravel Road Return track duration: 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 20m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


Waiotemarama Falls is roughly a 15 minutes' drive away from Opononi or 2-2.5 hours' from Whangarei. The road surface is sealed, except for the last 6 km which is a gravel road.

From Opononi head east on the SH-12 for 2.5 km, then turn right into Waiotemarama Gorge Road which is a gravel one and follow it for the next 6.3 km until you reach a car park (on your left and has a DOC sign). There are no facilities there.

Waiotemarama Waterfall Loop Walk starts from the parking and leads to the waterfall's base. The track goes through a bush, and it takes just 15-20 minutes to reach the falls. For the best photos we would recommend to visit this waterfall after rain, also you'll need to cross the steam which can be a 'wet-shoes'.

Return via the same track, or you can walk the whole loop walk. The loop will take about 2.5 hours and can be very slippery, so take extra care!


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Apart from the walk described above you can do Hauturu Highpoint Track as well.

There are heaps of activities/places you can do/see there:

  • There are an enormous number of perfect views of Hokianga Harbor from Opononi
  • A scenic boat cruise around the beautiful Hokianga Harbour.
  • Tāne Mahuta is a giant kauri tree and many others huge kauri trees.


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