Dickey Flat Waterfalls


Dickey Flat Waterfalls

Wonderful swimming spot, Dickey Flat Waterfalls, also know as Waitawheta Cascades, are accessible via a gorgeous 1hr 20minutes' return walk at Karangahake. 

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37° 25' 57.18" E 175° 44' 29.4072"
Parking: Karangahake Carpark, Karangahake, Waikato
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 1hr 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 4m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


Dickey Flat Waterfalls are roughly a 1hr 40minutes' drive away from Auckland or 1-hour from Tauranga. The road surface is always sealed.

From Auckland travel south-east along the SH-2 until you reach Karangahake Gorge. Leave your car at the Karangahake car park. There are all sorts of facilities there, including toilets and picnic tables (cafe is in the village).

From the car park, cross the suspension bridge over the Ohinemuri River, then follow the Crown Tramway Track alongside the true left bank of the Waitawheta River. Cross the suspension bridge and continue upstream on the Crown Track until you reach the waterfalls. They are found just before the tunnel's entrance. The pool at the base of these waterfalls is a popular swimming hole.

From here either return via the same route (total walking time is about 1hr20min), or walk through the tunnel and get to the Dickey Flat Campsite (one way walking time is 1hr).

A torch is recommended for a 200 m tunnel on this track.

Alternatively, you can start your  walk from the Dickey Flat Campsite. Total walking time is about 40 minutes.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Karangahake Gorge is a place with multiple attractions, including Goldfields Railway and Museum, and Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway.


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