Wairere Falls

Highest in the North Island

Wairere Waterfall

On the opposite side of the Kaimai Ranges, near Te Aroha, is the tallest and one of the most attractive waterfalls in the North Island of New Zealand.

Wairere Falls boasts a height of 153m – of course, with such a height comes a moderately difficult walk. To reach the top of this waterfall not only takes time but some effort too. Regardless, the effort is truly worth it when gazing over the magnificent views.

The track itself is well maintained and easy going. You’ll need roughly 2 hours to reach the top of Wairere Falls, being 3.9kms. Of course, the time it takes is based on personal fitness levels.

There is a viewing platform about half way up, this allows you to view the waterfall in its entirety. This halfway point still requires a reasonable level of fitness and/or time. Wairere Falls is about 45 minutes away from Tauranga.


  • Location: Wairere Falls, Goodwin Road, Okauia (West side of Kaimai Ranges, south of Te Aroha)
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Time: 2-5 hours (Based on personal fitness and reasons for walking)
  • Length: 5 km Return 
  • Route: One Way
  • Elevation: 400m
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Cellphone: Yes
  • Dogs: No Dogs
  • Nearest Town: Matamata
  • Nearest City: Tauranga
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