Waipunga Falls


Waipunga Falls

Two waterfalls, Waipunga Falls (on the main photo) and Waiarua Falls (check the Gallery), are included into Must See New Zealand Waterfalls due to easy accessibility (visible from the car park) and charming views. The waterfalls are located on the Waipunga River, approximately halfway between Taupo and Napier.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 57' 21.495" E 176° 31' 26.5044"
Parking: Napier-Taupo Rd/SH 5
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 1min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 40m Type of the waterfall: Tiered

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 38° 57' 21.495" E 176° 31' 26.5044"
Parking:     Napier-Taupo Rd/SH 5
Access:     1min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


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

From Taupo follow State Highway 5 until you see a sign "Waipunga Falls", turn left onto a big carpark with no facilities there.

Please respect a private property and take all your rubbish with you!

Both Waipunga and Waiarua waterfalls are seen from the carpark. There is NO official track to the waterfall's base, so please enjoy the beauty from a distance.

Waterfalls nearby

Pungahuru Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐
Access:     1min return walk
Driving:   34.2 km (27 mins)

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