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Reachable by hiking trail or four-wheel vehicle, Rarotonga's only fall is...

Reachable by hiking trail or four-wheel vehicle, Rarotonga's only fall is also known as Papua Waterfall, because water from the Papua stream spills down the cliff into a beautiful swimming hole.

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Accessible by car for $5, $2 scooter, free to walk. Pretty & much cooler than sea but sandflies/mozzies are vicious!!!

Road is well worn but for those wanting exercise its a relatively easy walk in to cool water, with rocks to jump from for those brave enough. Smother yourself with insect... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Disappointing to see local landowners charging a $5 (car)/$2 (bike) toll here under the pretense of using the money to fix the dodgy dead-end road that leads to the 'falls'. Like the much promised work on the eye-sore of a deserted resort next door, it'll never happen. What locals have failed to grasp is that anyone from NZ can go... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Road is well worn but for those wanting exercise its a relatively easy walk in to cool water, with rocks to jump from for those brave enough. Smother yourself with insect repellant though - the insects are the worst we located on whole island and sadly therefore detract from the pretty little waterfalls.

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Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The waterfall is not remarkable, but the water is cold and refreshing. The pool is small and the water silty, with tons of mosquito larvae when we visited. From what I understand, management of the access road was recently handed over to the landowner, and so they are charging $5 a car to visit the falls, supposedly in order to... More 

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Petrie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This waterfall costs $5 to enter the road to the falls for a car.It is worth the cost ,the waterfall is clear and cold great for a swim

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The waterfall can be accessed via a road off the main island circuit. There were oil drums beside the road when we visited and a make-shift booth and sign indicating a toll of $5 per car. The booth was unattended and there was no honesty box, so we continued to make our way up in our small hire car. The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The islands only substantial accessible waterfall. There is a good sized rock pool which despite the prohibition signage offers the locals at least an opportunity to bath in fresh water. Enterprising locals have set up a toll for vehicles and bikes to access the falls - for which the locals appear to be exempted. Take plenty of insect repellent as... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice waterfall at the end of the cross island walk but not particularly impressive or inticing to swim in so I wouldn't make a special effort. It's $2 for a scooter or $5 for a car to go up the road to it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here with our Buggy Tour and it was the perfect stop. Cute Lil waterfall but mozzys were there to feast hahah so refreshing tho.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We negotiated the road, which is a bit of an experience in itself (in need of major repairs). The access fee is $5 payable to the gate keepers at the start of the road. The falls themselves are OK but are not as major as we were led to believe. Unfortunately the area itself is not looked after with rubbish... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice place to visit in the heat. The road up there is pretty curly - recommend doing this on a scooter rather than a car, as the road demands a "creative" approach to dodge the potholes. Wear insect repellant; the mozzies are the size of seagulls. Despite this, the waterfall itself is beautiful and the the water itself is... More 

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