Kitekite Falls


Kitekite Falls

Kitekite Falls, also known as Kitakita Falls, is located in the western part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, near the famous Piha Beach. This spectacular 40-meters multi-steps waterfall is reached after a more or less easy 45 minutes’ walk.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 36° 57' 39.24"  E 174° 29' 21.033"
Parking: the end of Glenesk Road, Piha
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 40m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step



Walking and driving instructions


The track is re-opened.

Kitekite Falls is roughly a 1-hour’s drive away from Auckland City. The road surface is always sealed.

From Auckland follow the road which leads to Piha. When you are in Piha, turn right into Glenesk Rd and follow it for the next 1km. There is a parking area at the end of Glenesk Rd, which has toilets and a couple of tables.

A 45-minutes' Kitekite Falls Track starts from the carpark and leads to the waterfall’s base. The track is a more or less easy one, which offers excellent views of the falls and has some benches along the way to relax after a few uphill sections. The last part of the track has some stairs, which can be slippery, so please take care while you're going downstairs. There is a cool swimming spot at the waterfall's base, so don't forget a towel.

From here you can return via the same track (a 45 minutes walk), or cross the stream and follow the Glen Esk Stream down to the junction with Kitekite Falls Track (a 45 minutes walk), or continue on to the tramping track which leads to the top of the waterfall. If you choose the last option, please make sure you’ve got the right tramping shoes. This track climbs to the waterfall’s top and takes roughly 30-45 minutes one-way. On the top of the waterfall, you’ll find a couple of good swimming spots and an incredible view of the valley.

Make sure you use the cleaning station when you start/finish the walk.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


There is an interesting tree at the beginning of the track, which was eaten by termites when the forestry workers went away for lunch =)

There are numerous glow worms on the stream banks and with luck you may spot an eel or two.

Apart from the walks described above you may be interested in one of the following tracks:


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