Te Rerekawau Falls


Te Rerekawau Falls

Te Rerekawau Falls, also known as Kaiate Falls, is a complex of two waterfalls located just 30 minutes' drive away from Tauranga. The upper waterfall is a classic 3-leaps multi-step falls, and the second one is a typical horsetail falls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37° 45' 34.4844" E 176° 14' 30.5376"
Parking: Kaiate Falls Road, Waitao, Bay Of Plenty
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type:1 km Gravel Road Return track duration: 1hr 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 37° 45' 34.4844" E 176° 14' 30.5376"
Parking:     Kaiate Falls Road, Waitao, Bay Of Plenty
Access:     1hr  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Te Rerekawau Falls is roughly a 30 minutes' drive away from Tauranga. The road surface is sealed becoming a gravel one for the last 1 km.

From Tauranga head south-east on the SH-2, then in Kairua turn right into Welcome Bay Rd and follow it for the next 5 km. Turn left into Waitao Rd and follow it for the next 5 km. Turn left into Kaiate Falls Rd and stay on it for 1 km. Turn left to a large 'Kaiate Falls' parking. There are a few picnic tables and long-drop toilets there.

A walking 1-hour' return Te Rerekawau Falls loop leads to the base of the upper waterfall, then to the lower falls. The first waterfall is a multi-step one containing 3 steps. First two steps are well visible, but the third one is hidden in the bush. The second falls is a classic 15m horsetail waterfall. 

The loop is a very well maintained walk containing lots of different maps, pictures, and descriptions. You'll really enjoy this walk.

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