04 Feb The A-List: Waterfall Season
Hot sunny days and long lazy afternoons can only mean one thing… it’s waterfall-hunting season! These majestic beasts often lay dormant through the cooler months of the year and adventures are deterred by rain and mud. However, New Zealand summer and long weekends in particular offer the perfect conditions for every able-bodied man and woman to adventure to their nearest (or furthest!) waterfall. Check out some of our top picks that are perfect to adventure to this Waitangi weekend. Let us know if there’s somewhere that you think should’ve been included!
A bit of a trek out of Auckland, but Hunua Falls is worth the trip. South-East of the CBD the falls are nestled in the western area of the Hunua Ranges which is coincidentally, also full of walking tracks and other spectacular views. The 30m waterfall is part of the Wairoa River, which is perfect for swimming, although the fall’s pool is deemed unsafe. Absolutely stunning though!
For more information on access to the falls and the best directions, head to http://regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/hunuafalls
The whimsical Vivian Falls are located just outside of Tuakau, roughly an hour’s drive out of Auckland. Standing 12m high, this waterfall is peaceful and hidden away from the big city, the perfect spot to relax this long weekend. A short walk there and back from the carpark, or there’s a 3km track through native bush and farmland.
After a 45-minute walk into the Waitakere Ranges, you’ll be rewarded with the breathtaking Kitekite Falls – one of the many natural gems out west. Near the well-known Piha Beach, this 40m, multi-step waterfall is incredible. You can swim in the lake-like pool at the base of the falls, or there’s another small picturesque pool at the top. Definitely putting this one on our bucket list!
Another special spot in the central Waitakere Ranges near Piha, Nihotupu is an incredible two-for-one deal – there are two falls. Both are visible from the track to the Upper Nihotupu Reservoir. A stunning stroll where you can reward yourself with a refreshing swim, pop it into the GPS for Waitangi Day.
Our final recommendation from the Waitakere Ranges, Karekare Falls (near Karekare Beach) is easy to access and super beautiful. Another perfect swimming spot, this horsetail waterfall is roughly 25m tall. Absolutely idyllic.