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Whangarei Falls
Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

Free admission
6 Ngunguru Rd, Tikipunga, Bay of Islands, 0173

The Basics

You can view Otuihau Whangarei Falls from three different platforms, looking out from above the falls or by heading down a gravel loop track through the bush to the falls-fed river at the bottom. The upper lookout is an easy 5-minute round-trip walk and is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, while the loop track via the bottom of the falls typically takes about 30 minutes and includes stairs.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Otuihau Whangarei Falls is ideal for nature lovers and those looking for a taste of the outdoors close to Whangarei.

  • Overnight camping is allowed if your vehicle is certified as self-contained.

  • The parking lot is an ideal target for thieves. Leave valuables in the hotel or take them with you on your falls walk.

  • Wheelchair-accessible public toilets and a picnic site are available near the paved parking lot.

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How to Get There

Otuihau Whangarei Falls is about a 10-minute drive from the Whangarei city center. There is no scheduled public transport, although local shuttle operators offer transfers on request. If you’d prefer to explore the countryside at a slower pace, the falls are a 30-minute bike ride from most of Whangarei’s bike rental shops.

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When to Get There

You can comfortably visit Otuihau Whangarei Falls anytime thanks to Northland’s temperate year-round climate. From January to March, when it can get quite warm, an early-morning or late-evening visit may be best for hiking the loop track. During particularly dry summers less water flows over the falls, although they rarely dry up entirely.

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Walks Beyond Otuihau Whangarei Falls

From Otuihau Whangarei Falls, you can stretch their legs with longer hikes through kauri forest along the AH Reed Memorial Kauri Walkway (one hour round-trip) or to historical Mt. Parihaka (two hours round-trip), a former pā (defensive settlement) site that is estimated to have been home to more than 2,000 people.

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