Opal Pool Stream Cascade


Opal Pool Stream Cascade

A pretty waterfall, Opal Pool Stream Cascade is found along the trail leading to the popular Karekare Falls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 36° 59' 13.236" E 174° 28' 52.392"
Parking: Lone Kauri Road, Karekare
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 4m Type of the waterfall: Cascade

Rating:       ⭐
GPS:          S 36° 59' 13.236" E 174° 28' 52.392"
Parking:     Lone Kauri Road, Karekare
Access:     10min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Opal Pool Stream Cascade is roughly a 45-60 minutes' drive away from Auckland City. The road surface is always sealed.

If you drive from Auckland, follow the road which leads to Piha. A few minutes before arriving in Piha Village, as soon as you see a sign ‘Karekare’, turn left and follow the main road. You have two options: either turn right into Karekare beach carpark which has toilets and a beautiful picnic area, or drive straight and park on the left side of the road as soon as you see the top of the waterfall. The track to the bottom of the falls starts there.

From the road follow an easy walking trail leading to Karekare Falls. You will find Opal Pool Stream cascade (un-signed) at the beginning of the track, roughly 2 minutes from beginning of your walk, to your right. The walk is quite easy; unfortunately, it has some stairs at the beginning so not suitable for wheelchairs/strollers. The swimming hole at the base of the cascade is suitable for swimming, but mainly for kids.

Continue walking the track for a couple more minutes to reach the actual Karekare Falls. Return via the same route.

Many thanks to Merry Moments Photography for a couple of great waterfall's photos (please refer to the Gallery).

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