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Amazing sight

The falls are well worth the walk to reach them. While impressive from the bottom, be sure to make... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jeff M
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Auckland, New Zealand
Well worth the hike!!

Silly me thought it might be a nice family outing, a little hike to view a waterfall, explore our... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
LauraH696
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Old Te Aroha Road, Okauia, New Zealand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 November 2014 via mobile

Be prepared for a 45 minute hike up 121 steep stairs and rocky mountainous terrain! This hike ain't for the faint at heart. Then you have to hike down another 45 minutes! Very sweaty! We only went to the lookout point because the summit was...More

4  Thank Nelly6701
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

We were short on time so walked as far as time permitted. The walk itself was lovely, we only made it as far as the first bridge though. If you have the time go all the way. Our pic of the water fall is taken...More

1  Thank anklecracker
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This trip is well worth the effort whether to the base or the top. There is a certain degree of fitness required but the experience is well worth the effort, and the overall track is well marked, but good footwear is required as the boulders...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The falls are well worth the walk to reach them. While impressive from the bottom, be sure to make the trip to the top. The view from here down to the valley is amazing and on a good day you can see well out into...More

Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Silly me thought it might be a nice family outing, a little hike to view a waterfall, explore our own backyard and all that jazz...boy was i wrong! it is quite a hike to the lookout, but such a beautiful walk along the river, over...More

Thank LauraH696
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We took this walk on a calm day with some cloud. It took a little longer than 45 mins to halfway, but plenty of photo ops on the way. The viewing platform was a little crowded being school hols/weekend. Sturdy walking/tramping shoes required. A fantastic...More

Thank secondscount
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Fairly easy walk with great views. All the way to the top and back easily within 3 hours (walking slow and taking lots of breaks).

Thank Vildo
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Have been here twice, the first time I only made it half way up with a 7 year old but was still so nice. the second time I went off the track and climbed to the base of the waterfall and swam, it was so...More

Thank 195liv
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Coming from Australia, we went out to the falls expecting an easy walk up - boy were we wrong! there had been recent rain in the area and the track up got quite muddy in places. The sign at the bottom said about a 90...More

2  Thank fremantlewa
Reviewed 29 June 2018

This will not be a quick stop – it’s a workout. The waterfall is visible from the main road, but its actually set back a ways, so the trail to get there is long. It will take you about 45 minutes to get to a...More

1  Thank Alison R
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

We did this hike as the first thing we did when we got to New Zealand. We definitely did not except to be so tired. We went to the halfway mark and the last half was pretty tiring but definitely worth it. Coming back down...More

Thank 614emilyn
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

The Wairere Falls walk starts off very nicely and becomes steeper and steeper as you go. There quite a few stairs as well. When you get to the viewing platform however, you get an amazing view which makes all the climbing worth it! If you...More

1  Thank evitaveda
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EvelynC1148
15 October 2018|
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Response from LauraH696 | Reviewed this property |
it's about 5 minutes from Matamata township
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Priyam A
18 April 2017|
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Response from tykane01 | Reviewed this property |
The road to the car park is easy. Its a straight shoot there from Matamata. You could walk to it, but that would take some time.
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Soon L
10 July 2016|
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Response from EJ H | Reviewed this property |
We really enjoyed Opal Hot Springs camping area, it's not too far from the falls. The falls were amazing, definitely go to the very top if you can, the views are spectacular :)
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