Paranui Falls


Paranui Falls

Paranui Falls, also known as Pukenui Falls, is located at A.H.Reed Memorial Park, Whangarei. The waterfall is usually overlooked because of the most popular neighbor - Whangarei Falls and doesn't get the attention it deserves.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 35° 41' 42.4356" E 174° 20' 34.3458"
Parking: Clapham Rd, Whangarei
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 25min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 24m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Paranui Falls is roughly a 10-minutes' drive away from Whangarei City center or 2.5-hours from Auckland. The road surface is always sealed.

From Auckland travel north on the SH1. In Whangarei turn right into Kensington Ave, then continue on Nixon St. Turn left into Mill Rd and follow it for the next 650 m, then turn right into Whareora Rd and stay on it for the next 2 km. On the intersection, turn left into Clapham Rd and follow it for the next 100 m. There is a small car park at Clapham Rd (on your left) with no facilities there.

A walking track starts from the parking and descends to the waterfall's base. It takes 10-15 minutes to reach the falls. Frist part of the trail goes through the forest and has lots of tree roots on it. The last part of the track follows the riverbed with lots of river stones. Be very careful - the stones are always slippery. Return via the same track.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Apart from the city itself, you may be interested to visit Claphams National Clock Museum or walk a track from Paranui Falls to Whangarei Falls.


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