Mt Damper Falls


Mt Damper Falls

At 74m high, Mount Damper Falls, one of the highest in the North Island, is located in Waitaanga Conservation Area. The view of the tall and scenic waterfall is complemented by the walk through a private farmland. This waterfall is included into New Zealand Must See Waterfall's list.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 55.200' E 174° 47.307'
Parking: Okau Rd, Ahititi, Taranaki
Vehicle type: 4WD vehicle recommended Track type: Walking track
Road type:7km Gravel Road Return track duration: 40min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 74m Type of the waterfall: Punchbowl

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 38° 55.200' E 174° 47.307'
Parking:     Okau Rd, Ahititi, Taranaki
Access:     40min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Mt Damper Falls is roughly a 1-1.5 hours drive away from New Plymouth or 2 hours from Te Kuiti. There are two similar options to reach the car park: either from SH 3 or SH 43 (Forgotten World Highway). From either of these highways follow the signs ‘Mt Damper Falls’ until you reach Okau Rd which is a typical winding road, sometimes with a gravel surface. We recommend a 4 WD vehicle for this road; however, a usual car can make it if you drive carefully.

Follow Okau Rd for 26km from SH3 or 15km from SH 43 until you reach is a small car park with the sign 'Mt Damper Falls'. There is a long drop toilet there and two picnic tables (at the beginning of the track).

A walking 40 minutes return Mt Damper Falls track leads to the waterfall's lookouts. The base of the waterfall is inaccessible, but the falls is superb observed from two viewing platforms. The first part of the track goes through a private farmland. Please enjoy the peace and tranquillity in the company of sheep :) The second part of the track consists of a set of stairs. Hence the path is not suitable for wheelchairs and kids strollers.

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Rerekapa Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
Access:     1hr 30min return walk
Driving:   7.0 km (12 mins)

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