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Waterfalls in the Bay of Plenty

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Whataroa Falls
Whataroa Falls is located on the Rimu Loop Track on Mount Otanewainuku. The walk takes approximately 2 hours return through beautiful forest and a mostly flat track until you reach the swimming hole and waterfall.

Location: Mountain Road, Oropi. Approximately 40 minutes from Tauranga.


Raparapahoe Falls
This is a nice short walk (although steep in places) which leads to the pristine Raparapahoe River and falls – located just out of Te Puke up No. 4 Road. It’s safe to swim here if you can brave the freezing water temperature!

Location: No. 4 Road, Te Puke. Approximately 30 minutes from Tauranga.

Kaiate Falls
Kaiate Falls is a beautiful spot to cool down on those hot summer days, or even after extensive rainfall across the region the falls come alive and a spectacle to behold. An ideal setting for explorers young and old, however the track is steep in places, so please exercise caution.

Location: Kaiate Falls Road, Welcome Bay. Approximately 30 minutes from Tauranga.


McLarens Falls
Popular among locals and visitors, McLaren Falls is made up of multiple cascades and is best viewed during the rainy season when the water levels are high. One of the highlights of the park is the waterfall track where you can see glow worms after dusk. Enjoy a short, easy stroll to the picturesque waterfall and spot the glow worms on either side of the track. Part of the waterfall track is also wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly.

Location: McLaren Falls Road, Lower Kaimai. Approximately 10 minutes from Tauranga.

Whirinaki Waterfall Loop Track
The Whirinaki Forest is a destination in itself, but the most popular track in the park follows the Whirinaki River through podocarp forest with loads of viewing points through the stunning forest. You’ll hear the waterfall before you see it! The walk takes approximate 3.5 hours.

Location: River Road, Whirinaki Forest Park. Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from Tauranga and 1 hour 45 minutes from Whakatāne.


William Wright Falls
If you’re taking a walk from Waihi Beach to Orokawa Bay, it’s worth heading inland to William Wright Falls – a 40 minute walk from the sandy shores of Orokawa Bay. Prepare to get wet feet – there are several stream crossings on the way! The falls are approcimately 28m high and there’s steps carved into the rocks for those brave enough to climb up.

Location: At the end of the Orokawa Bay Walking Track, 45 minutes by foot from Waihi Beach.


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