Bridal Veil Falls


Bridal Veil Falls

A very tall and easily accessible 55-metre waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls (Maori name is Waireinga Falls) is located in the Northwest Waikato District,  in a one-hour drive away from Hamilton. Extreme power and remote location make this waterfall one New Zealand Must See Waterfalls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 37° 54' 31.0134" E 174° 53' 45.513"
Parking: Kauroa-Kawhia Rd, Makomako
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 55m Type of the waterfall: Punchbowl

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 37° 54' 31.0134" E 174° 53' 45.513"
Parking:     Kauroa-Kawhia Rd, Makomako
Access:     20min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Bridal Veil Falls is roughly a 2.5-hours' drive away from Auckland or 1-hour from Hamilton. The road surface is always sealed.

If you drive from Hamilton travel east on the SH23 until you see a sign ‘Bridal Veil Falls’, where you need to turn left and follow the signs. There is a relatively big car park on Kauroa-Kawhia Rd with toilets and a beautiful picnic area with a couple of tables.

An easy 5-10 minutes Bridal Veil Falls Walk leads to the waterfall’s upper viewing platforms. There are two upper lookouts there which provide exceptional views to this spectacular waterfall. The track is suitable for people of all abilities including wheelchairs and kids strollers.

Highly recommended to continue the track (sorry no wheelchairs access) and take a set of steps down to the middle and lower viewing platforms. It will take another 5 minutes to reach the waterfall’s base. Lower Lookout has a shelter which is quite handy during rain or strong wind.

Don't forget about the way back! Depending on your level of fitness the way back may take anything between 10 to 25 minutes to return to the carpark.

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