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“A Cascading Gem!!!”
Review of Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls
Ranked #3 of 55 things to do in Whangarei
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

We took a drive to AH Reed Park, which is situated only 5kms from the city center and on the road to the popular Tutukaka Coast. After parking in the car park we started our hike to the Falls. There are paths, boardwalks, a suspension bridge and walkways all along and over the Hatea River and around the Falls. The falls were originally known as Otuihau and have been a very popular picnic spot since the 1890’s.

It was so serene hiking alongside the river and through the forest canopy. All we could hear was the chirping of the birds and the rushing of the river over small rapids. We stopped to marvel at the majestic Kauri trees and the stunning tree ferns. The New Zealand silver fern is especially well known as New Zealand’s emblem!

After about a mile hike we reached the Falls where the Hatea River drops 85 foot over a basalt lava flow. As they have experienced so much rain this passed summer (totally unusual as New Zealand usually has a winter rainfall) the Falls were in full flow - which was spectacular to see.

This cascading gem has gained a reputation as the most photographed waterfall in NZ.

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Reviewed 4 February 2014

There are two ways to get to the waterfall - we got a bit lost choosing to go by a route not well signposted.

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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Good view of the falls from the top which was just 100m from car park, but nice walk down to the bottom and nice spot to sit down there with great views.

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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Lovely walk, & awesome view from below. The track is a little rough but is worth it. Also had clean & tidy facilities

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

We were travelling back to Auckland from Paihia. We're on holiday from the UK staying with daughter and family in Auckland - 7 of us in all. Son in law knows the places! We stopped at the Falls for a break and a picnic. If the sun had not been shining it might not have been so pleasant - but it was! Good area of grass, shade under trees, great views of a Falls, good circular walk down to the bottom and back up and round. Good toilets. Parking more than adequate.

Thank Barrie L
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