Raukawa Falls


Raukawa Falls

A roadside waterfall, Raukawa Falls is located on the Mangawhero River and seen from the official lookout platform along the SH4. Despite a recent landslide of the waterfall channel made the falls narrower and less spectacular, it's still a great spot to stop and relax.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 37' 33.978" E 175° 18' 51.8004"
Parking: State Highway 4
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Block

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S 39° 37' 33.978" E 175° 18' 51.8004"
Parking:     State Highway 4
Access:     2min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Raukawa Falls is roughly 45 minutes' drive away from either Whanganui or National Park Village. The road surface is always sealed.

From Whanganui travel north on the SH-4 for 58.5km. A well-signposted car park (roughly for 2-4 cars) is on your left. There is no tables or toilets there.

No need to walk to see the waterfall. The platform is accessible from the state highway. The waterfall is seen from a distance.

A typical block waterfall in the past, now becomes more cataract falls due to a recent landslide.

Waterfalls nearby

Ototoka Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐
Access:     10min return walk
Driving:   80.3 km (1 hour 17 mins)

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