Vivian Falls


Vivian Falls

Off the beaten track, roughly 12 meters high, Vivian Falls is located in Harker Reserve, 1-hour' drive away from Auckland.

Tired from the busy and noisy city? You deserve a rest from rushing life. Get yourself into a car for an easy ride, and then for a short easy walk leading to the peaceful and stunning waterfall.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37° 18' 15.9042" E 174° 55' 13.0434"
Parking: the end of Miller Rd, Onewhero
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:1km Gravel Road Return track duration: 15min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 12m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Vivian Falls is roughly a 1-hour' drive away from Auckland City or 40 minutes' from the South Auckland. The road surface is sealed, except for the last 1 km which is a gravel road.

From Auckland travel south on the SH-1, then in Pokeno turn right and drive towards Tuakau. In Tuakau turn left into River Rd, then immediately past the bridge over the Waikato River turn right (second turn) into Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Rd and follow it until you reach Onewhero. Turn right into Kaipo Flats Rd which is a loop road. From this road turn right into Miller Rd. Drive along Miller Rd until you see a sign 'Walking Track to Harker Reserve (no vehicles beyond this point)' (refer to the Gallery). There is a small car park there with no facilities.

An easy 15-minutes return track leads to the waterfall's base. You won't miss it - just follow the main road for 1-2 minutes, then as soon as you see a sign 'Vivian Falls' turn left and follow the track which descends to the waterfall's base.

Be careful when the track is wet - the last part of the trail (stairs) can be slippery. Take extra care.

Return via the same track; or if you have time, then return to the road and continue a 3km walking track through native bush and farmlands.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


The Waikato River mouth is very close to the waterfall and Harker Reserve. This is the wider part of the river.

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 kilometers through the North Island. It rises in the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, joining the Tongariro River system and emptying into Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.


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