The Cascades Falls


The Cascades Falls

Hidden in a gorge, the Cascades Falls is located in the northern part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. A large natural pool, which is suitable for swimming, and an easy walk make this waterfall extremely popular among the locals. Kids just love it.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 36° 53' 22.3938" E 174° 31' 20.8452"
Parking: the end of Falls Rd, Waitakere, Auckland
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type:2km Gravel Road Return track duration: 40min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 20m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


From 1 May 2018, the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park will be closed to prevent the spread of, and to protect against kauri dieback disease. Some tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Parks will also be closed.

The Cascades Falls is roughly a 40 minutes’ drive away from Auckland City. The road surface is sealed, apart from the last 2km which are a gravel road.

From Auckland follow the road which leads to Bethells Beach. From Te Henga Rd turn left onto Falls Road, which leads to a carpark located at the end of Falls Rd. There are toilets and a well-maintained picnic area there.

From the carpark follow an easy and well signposted Auckland City Walk until you see a sign 'Falls', where you need to turn onto a side track which climbs to the falls. The whole walk to the waterfall takes roughly 20-30 minutes. Return via the same track, or continue on to Auckland City Walk which is a loop walk and takes approximately the same time.

There is a huge rock at the end of the track, which interferes with the view. Hence, to see the waterfall, you have to either climb on the rock or go into the water. The pool next to the waterfall is extremely popular among the locals, so if you’re planning to swim there, then wear proper shoes and bring a towel. Be very careful because the rock surface is always slippery.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


There is a fantastic "photo frame" near the parking. Do not miss the opportunity to take an interesting photo.

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


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