Karekare Falls

 

Karekare Falls

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.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 36° 59' 11.256" E 174° 28' 55.2138"
Parking: Lone Kauri Road, Karekare
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 30m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

 

 


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 which leads 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. The track to the bottom of the falls starts there.

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, unfortunately it has some stairs at the beginning so not suitable for wheelchairs/strollers. But even if you have one, the view from the start of the track still worth driving there.

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.

 


Waterfalls nearby (driving)

 

Attractions nearby

 

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

 


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