Waiau Falls


Waiau Falls

Charming Waiau Falls is found along the remote 309 Road, in the north part of Coromandel Peninsula. The waterfall is accompanied by the Kauri Grove and WaterWorks attraction which make a trip absolutely unforgettable.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 36° 49' 56.157" E 175° 32' 50.0424"
Parking: The 309 Rd, Waiau
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:7km Gravel Road Return track duration: 4min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 6m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Waiau Falls is roughly a 2.5-3 hours’ drive away from Auckland City (allow more time than Google calculates due to a zig-zag coastal road which is quite slow to drive on) or just 15 minutes from Coromandel Town. The road surface is sealed, apart from the last 7 km which is a gravel road.

From Auckland head south on the SH-1, then turn left into SH-2 and follow it until the intersection with SH-25, then turn right into SH-25 and stay on it for the next 80 km. Last 60 km is a scenic coastal road offering lots of beaches, places for a picnic, a few café and a couple of good kids playgrounds. A few minutes before arrival to Coromandel turn right into gravel 309 Rd (well signposted) and follow it for the next 7 km. A small car park, on your left, has ‘Waiau Falls’ sign. There are no facilities there.

A 2-minutes easy walk, which is suitable for people with all abilities, starts from the carpark and leads to the falls base. Return via the same track. Due to some stairs, the track is not suitable for wheelchairs, but the waterfall is seen from the road (of course, obstructed by trees).

There is a popular swimming spot at the base of the waterfall. So don’t forget a towel.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


There are multiple attractions along The 309 Rd:

  • The Kauri Grove -  1 km further on the 309 rd. It will take just 20-30 minutes to see the giant Kauri or you may do the full 2.5 hours track;
  • Waterworks Park - a perfect place to spend a half of the day with the whole family.

Apart from the places described above you may be interested to see historical Coromandel Town, or one of the mussels restaurant, or spend one hour with The Driving Creek Railway and etc. and etc.


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