Raparapahoe Falls


Raparapahoe Falls

A popular swimming hole, Raparapahoe Falls is reached via a 30-minutes walk including a steep descent.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37° 49.251' E 176° 17.170'
Parking: No 4 Road, Welcome Bay, Te Puke
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 7m Type of the waterfall: Cataract

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 37° 49.251' E 176° 17.170'
Parking:     No 4 Road, Welcome Bay, Te Puke
Access:     1hr  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Raparapahoe Falls is roughly a 30 minutes' drive away from Tauranga. The road surface is always sealed.

From Tauranga head south-east on the SH-2, then in Papamoa slide right onto Te Puke Hwy. In Te Puke turn right onto No 3 Road and follow it for the next 3.4km then turn right onto No 4 Road. The car park, to your left, well signposted is 3.1km away from beginning of the road. There are no facilities there.

The track starts from the parking and leads down to the river via a very steep descent. Lots of stars, and the track could be slippery after rain. Take extra care and supervise your kids. Then you reach the river, keep to the right (track goes in both direction, there is a waterhole if you go to the left) and walk another 5-10 minutes until you reach the base of the waterfall with a huge waterhole.

Return via the same route. Total walking time is about 1hr, but the way back is much longer due to a long uphill section.

The waterfall is a very popular swimming spot!

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