Karekare Falls

GPS Coordinates and address

GPS of the view point: S 36° 59' 11.256" E 174° 28' 55.2138"
Parking: Lone Kauri Road, Karekare

Driving and walking conditions

Vehicle type: All vehicle types
Road type: Sealed
Track type: Easy walking track
Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 30m
Type of the waterfall: Horsetail




Karekare Falls is located in the western part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, near Karekare village - the filming location for "The Piano". Beautiful scenery and easy access make this waterfall one of New Zealand Must See Waterfalls.


Walking and driving instructions


Karekare Falls is roughly a 45-60 minutes' drive away from Auckland City. The road surface is always sealed.

If you drive from Auckland follow the road to Piha. A few minutes before arriving to Piha Village, as soon as you see a sign ‘Karekare’, turn left and follow the main road. You have two options: either turn right into Karekare beach carpark which has toilets and a very nice picnic area, or drive straight and park on the left side of the road as soon as you see the top of the waterfall (near the place where the track starts).

An easy walking track leads to the waterfalls lookout. It takes 5 minutes to reach the falls. You will find beautiful cascades at the beginning of the track. The walk is quite easy, but have some stairs at the beginning so not suitable for wheelchairs/strollers. Even if you’re on a wheelchair or have a little one in a stroller then you can still see the waterfall from a distance and enjoy the view.

If you have a reasonable level of fitness you may choose to climb up to the top of waterfall via a 30-minutes' one way Taraire tramping track. There is quite a good swimming spot, where you may decide to have a rest and swim :) Don't forget a towel.




You can enjoy a very beautiful beach filmed in "The Piano" - Karekare beach or walk one of the following tracks:


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