Piroa Falls


Piroa Falls

A Hidden gem, Piroa Falls is located on the Ahuroa River, 45-minutes' drive away from Whangarei. Falls are reached by a gorgeous 10-minutes walk through a native forest, and it's a nice stop between Auckland and Whangarei.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 36° 4' 1.452" E 174° 23' 12.2676"
Parking: Waipu Gorge Rd,Waipu, Northland
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:7km Gravel Road Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 20m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 36° 4' 1.452" E 174° 23' 12.2676"
Parking:     Waipu Gorge Rd,Waipu, Northland
Access:     20min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Piroa Falls is roughly 1.5-2 hours' drive away from Auckland City or 45 minutes from Whangarei. There is a Toll Road if you drive from Auckland. Don't forget to pay NZD 2.20 each way.

From Auckland travel north on the SH-1 for 113 km, then turn left into a gravel Waipu Gorge Rd and follow it for the next 7 km. A small carpark is on your right and has a sign 'Piroa Falls'. There are no facilities there.

An easy 20-minutes return walk starts from the carpark and leads to the waterfall's base. Firstly walk down the stairs, then cross the river over a concrete bridge, and follow the river until you see the falls. The track is an easy one but not suitable for a wheelchair.

At the end of the path, you will find a concrete table for a picnic with the view of the waterfall. The benches are very cold, so don't forget to take something warm with you if you've got kids.

Waterfalls nearby

Tanekaha Waterfalls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
Access:     2hrs  return walk
Driving:   37.2 km (39 mins)

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