Whangarei Falls is located in Whangarei Scenic Reserve. The classic curtain waterfall is part of the Hatea River and one of the most popular swimming spots in the area. Easy access and a well-maintained Scenic Reserve make this waterfall one of New Zealand Must See Waterfalls.


Whangarei Falls is roughly a 10-minutes’ drive away from Whangarei city center or 2.5-hours’ from Auckland.

Make your way to Whangarei, then follow the signs ‘Whangarei Falls’ until you reach a car park at Boundary Rd. The area is very well maintained and has toilets as well as a picnic area with a few tables.

An easy walking path leads to the upper waterfall’s lookout. It takes only 2 minutes to reach this lookout, and the walk is suitable for people of all abilities.


To walk to the waterfall’s base, you need to cross the river via a concrete bridge and follow the track. One minute after crossing the river you’ll see one more upper lookout – don’t miss it. It will take 5 minutes to reach the waterfall’s base from this lookout and then 5 minutes to come back to the carpark using the same track, or return via the 30-minutes’ loop track. This track has the stairs and not suitable for wheelchairs/strollers.


This waterfall is definitely Instagram worthy with heaps of spots for some stunning shots.

Go on, take a visit next time your up north.



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