Wairere (Te Wairoa) Falls


Wairere (Te Wairoa) Falls

Wairere Falls, also known as Te Wairoa Falls, is a charming horsetail waterfall located at historical Buried Village, just 25 minutes' drive from Rotorua.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 12' 45.18" E 176° 21' 56.2602"
Parking: Tarawera Rd, Lake Tarawera
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 40min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 30m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 38° 12' 45.18" E 176° 21' 56.2602"
Parking:     Tarawera Rd, Lake Tarawera
Access:     40min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Te Wairoa Falls is roughly a 25 minutes' drive away from Rotorua. The road surface is always sealed.

From Rotorua head north-east on the SH-30, then on a roundabout turn right into Tarawera Rd (has a sign 'Buried Village) and follow it for the next 12 km until you reach a huge car park which belongs to the Buried Village. Leave your can here and go to the office. 

You MUST buy a ticket at the Buried Village Office if you want to visit this waterfall (26-32.5 NZD per person):

Buried Village 1180 Tarawera Road, RD 5 Rotorua 3076, New Zealand. Phone/Fax: +64 7 362 8287

A walking 40-minutes return track starts from the office, goes through historic Buried Village and leads to the waterfall's lookout. The track isn't difficult and doesn't require any climbings or river crossing, but have some stairs, so it is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Return via the same track, or you can walk it as a loop.

Waterfalls nearby

Tarawera Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Access:     40min return walk
Driving:   81.7 km (1 hour 28 mins)

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