Ototoka Falls

By Rodney Donaldson Photography


Ototoka Falls

By Rodney Donaldson Photography

Ototoka Falls, which consist of the Upper and Lower waterfalls, are found on the Ototoka Stream, along the walk leading to remote Ototoka Beach.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 51' 55.9614" E 174° 49' 54.9114"
Parking: the end of Ototoka Beach Rd, Maxwell
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:7.3km Gravel Road Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m Type of the waterfall: Cascade

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S 39° 51' 55.9614" E 174° 49' 54.9114"
Parking:     the end of Ototoka Beach Rd, Maxwell
Access:     10min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Ototoka Falls is roughly a 30 minutes' drive away from Whanganui. The road surface is unsealed for the last 7.3km.

From Whanganui travel north-west on the SH-3 for 5km. Then turn left onto Rapanui Rd and follow it for 9.5km. Continue on to Handley Rd, which is a gravel road, and it becomes Ototoka Beach Rd in 4.5km. Follow Ototoka Beach Rd for the next 3.2km until you reach Ototoka beach car park. There are no toilets there.

From the parking follow the walk which leads to the beach. In 2 minutes you will reach the Upper Falls, and in 5 minutes the Lower one.

Many thanks to Rodney Donaldson Photography (follow on Facebook) for the waterfall's description and photos.

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Raukawa Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐
Access:     2min return walk
Driving:   80.3 km (1 hour 18 mins)

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