Rainbow Falls


Rainbow Falls

A spectacular 27-metre waterfall, Rainbow Falls is located in Kerikeri, near popular Bay of Islands. Easy access and enjoyable walk make this waterfall one of New Zealand Must See Waterfalls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 35° 12' 52.6062" E 173° 56' 31.452"
Parking: Rainbow Falls Rd, Kerikeri, Northland
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 27m Type of the waterfall: Curtain



Walking and driving instructions


Rainbow Falls is roughly a 3.5-hours’ drive away from Auckland or 30-minutes from Paihia. The road surface is always sealed.

Make your own way to Kerikeri. In Kerikeri cross the Kerikeri River via Heritage Bypass, turn left into Waipapa Rd (follow signs ‘Rainbow Falls’) and follow it for the next 1.1km, then turn left into Rainbow Falls Rd and stay on it until you reach a car park (800m). The area is very well maintained by (we assume) a local council and has toilets as well as a beautiful picnic area with a few tables.

An easy Rainbow Falls Walk leads to the waterfalls lookout and to the falls base. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to reach the lower lookout, and the track is suitable for people of all abilities.

There are at least three great waterfall’s viewpoints there: two upper lookouts and one lower lookout. If it’s rainy or you don’t want to walk then you can enjoy the waterfall from the upper lookout which roughly 1-minute away from the carpark.

Return via the same track; or if you have a reasonable level of fitness, then walk a 3-hrs return KeriKeri River Track to visit historic Stone Store and Wharepoke Falls.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Bay of Islands is a perfect place to stay either for a night or a week, located in 30 minutes drive from Rainbow Falls. There you may visit historical place Waitangi or watch Dolphins and sometimes even Whales.


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