The Seven Stairs to Heaven Waterfall


The Seven Stairs to Heaven Waterfall

The Seven Stairs to Heaven Waterfall is a multi-step waterfall located in Rapaura Watergardens, Coromandel.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 36° 59.840' E 175° 33.372'
Parking: Rapaura WaterGardens, Tapu Coroglen Rd, Tapu
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:2km Gravel Road Return track duration: 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step



Walking and driving instructions


The Seven Stairs to Heaven Waterfall is roughly a 1.5-2 hours’ drive away from Auckland or 20-30 minutes’ from Thames. The road surface is sealed most of the times, only last 2 km are a gravel road.

Make your own way to Thames. From Thames head north on the SH-25 for 19 km, then in Tapu village turn right into Tapu Coroglen Rd and follow signs 'Rapaura WaterGardens' for 6 km. A car park is provided by Rapaura WaterGardens. Facilities: toilet, picnic tables and cafe (open during the season).

Access is via the private property - Rapaura WaterGardens. Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm including public holidays. Winter hours may vary. 15$ fee MUST be paid (as per 2016).

From the entrance follow the signs along the Tapu River. An easy track leads you to the waterfall's base. It takes roughly 15 minutes to reach the waterfall. Return via the same track.

Due to some stairs on the track, it’s not suitable for wheelchairs/kids strollers.

We don't know why the waterfall is called '7 stairs to the heaven' - we saw only four of them :) Maybe remaining stairs are hidden.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Experience the tranquil beauty of Rapaura Watergardens. Rapaura is an example of man in harmony with nature. Abundant native bush and ferns, birds (Tuis, Fantails, Silver Eyes and Wood Pigeons), meandering walks over bridges and streams and a bush walk to a cascading waterfall. There are seasonal displays of native and exotic flowers. Irises and Bog plants in spring, Azaleas and Rhododendrons followed by Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas and Water Lilies from November to April. All interspersed with garden art.


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