Pungahuru Falls


Pungahuru Falls

A Hidden gem, Pungahuru Falls is located on the Mohaka River, a halfway between Taupo and Napier. It’s an incredibly popular place among the fishermen.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 11' 11.2704"  E 176° 38' 9.582"
Parking: Mcvicar Rd, Te Haroto
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:1km Gravel Road Return track duration: 1min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 25m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S 39° 11' 11.2704"  E 176° 38' 9.582"
Parking:     Mcvicar Rd, Te Haroto
Access:     1min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Pungahuru Falls is roughly a 1-hour’ drive away from either Napier or Taupo. The road surface is always sealed.

From Taupo travel south on the SH-5 (towards Napier) for 85.5km. Turn right into McVicar Rd and follow it until you reach a gate (roughly in 1km). Don't forget to close it when you pass it. Follow the road for 700m until you reach a car park. There are no facilities there.

The waterfall is seen from the car park. Make your own way to get a better view of the waterfall.

The falls is located on the opposite river’s shore, hence using your own boat the falls’ base is reachable (unfortunately, we haven’t tried it ourselves).

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