Wairere Falls, Okauia

The highest waterfall on North Island, Wairere Falls tumbles 153 m (500 ft) over a two-step drop in Kaimai Range. The long walking trail toward the attraction first reaches a rest point at a platform overlooking a valley, where you can view the falls from afar. Continue along the path and make the climb to the top of the falls, where another platform provides a magnificent viewpoint at the mouth of the waterfall. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and avoid visiting if rain is expected, as the trail becomes muddy and difficult to navigate when wet. Use our Okauia day trip planning tool to arrange your visit to Wairere Falls and other attractions in Okauia.
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  • My kids enjoyed complaining about how many stairs there were on this climb (there's one section of them) but although it was strenuous it's definitely do-able. Although not spectacular, the view from....  more »
  • Well maintained track. Steep but beautiful. I am not fit but did it with friends and family and found it not too strenuous. Kids aged 8, 10 and 12. Younger kids easily made it up to the first...  more »
  • Walk to the look out at the bottom of the falls is around 40 minutes which is reasonable with a large staircase close to midway. The second half is a bit steeper until you get to the top that you then walk along the too to the top of the waterfall.
  • Highest waterfalls of north island New Zealand .. definitely worth a hike all the way up. However it is a difficult walk from lookout point to the top of the waterfalls.
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