Waiatiu Falls


Waiatiu Falls

Exquisite waterfall, Waiatiu Falls is reached by a gorgeous 30-min walk through spectacular podocarp forest.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 40.433' E 176° 41.291'
Parking: River Road, Whirinaki Forest Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type:5km of Gravel Road Return track duration: 1hr 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 9m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Waiatiu Falls is roughly a 1.5-hrs' drive away from Rotorua. The road surface is gravel for the last 5 km.

From Rotorua head south-east on the SH-5 until an intersection with SH-38, then turn left onto SH-38 and stay on it for the next 55.7km. Turn right onto Minginui Rd, which is a sealed road. Follow this road for a few kilometers until you reach a signposted intersection ("Whirinaki Forest"), turn right onto River road (gravel road) and follow it until you reach a DOC car park. There are track signs and a long-drop toilet there.

There are two tracks start there which lead to two different waterfalls. First track, to your left (through the main entrance), leads to Whirinaki Falls, while the second one, to your right, leads to Waiatiu Falls. Take the second one and in roughly 30 minutes of gorgeous walk you will reach the falls' base.

Return via the same route. 


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The Whirinaki - majestic, primeval, ancient - stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the great forests of the world.

Be awestruck, walk in gentle silence or ride through the mists of this primordial place.

Feel the breath of life, the song of Tāne, transcend time, walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, in the shadow of giants, be welcomed and embraced by the Whirinaki.


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