The Whangarei District features six beautiful waterfalls, all with their own distinct personalities. Grab your camera and visit them all.

Whangarei Falls - Otuihau
This picturesque waterfall is 26.3m high and cascades over basalt cliffs. The two viewing platforms above the waterfall give spectacular views of the falls and the forest below. Traditionally this area was a good eeling spot for the local Maori. The base of the falls may once have been tapu (sacred) as the pools were known to Maori as an area of healing and were used for washing the wounded.

Choose from many lovely picnic areas and there are public toilets by the carpark located at Boundary Road, Tikipunga, five kilometres from the city centre and on the way to the Tutukaka Coast.

Piroa Falls
A small waterfall that is big on beauty. Take a short 5 to 10 minute walk through beautiful native forest, cross the bridge across the Ahuroa River, and you will arrive at the gorgeous Piroa Falls, part of the Waipu Gorge Scenic Reserve. The base of the waterfall has a great pool for swimming in. The turn off to the Piroa Falls is off Waipu Gorge Road at the northern side of the Brynderwyn Hills, just 14 kilometres from Waipu or 50 kilometres from Whangarei city.

Picture perfect waterfalls

Wairua, Piroa and Raumanga Falls

Wairua Falls - Omiru
The 80km Wairua River was once a major food source for local Maori and a busy highway for waka (canoes). The waterfall site, which Maori referred to as Omiru, was significant because it had been a major defensive point for the iwi during inter-tribal warfare. A hydroelectric plant has been operating on the river since 1916. Located 24 kilometres west of Whangarei city on Wairua Falls road, off Mangakahia Road. The waterfall can be viewed from the carpark at the top or you can walk down to the base via the bush track. 

Paranui Falls
A 24 metre waterfall hidden away in the AH Reed Memorial Kauri Park, a remnant of the original, magnificent kauri forests which were once extensive throughout Northland. Detour off the boardwalk, crossing the Waikoromiko Stream which leads to the waterfall.

Raumanga Falls
A cascading 15 metre waterfall found in the Raumanga Valley Reserve. There is a pleasant 15 minute walk through a park and native forest, and a choice of natural pools to swim in. The Raumanga Valley Reserve is on Raumanga Valley Road, 3 kilometres from the city centre, follow the track to the waterfall.

Taheke Falls
A 3km loop track leads through a grove of regenerating kauri trees; take the short detour to the viewing platform overlooking the waterfalls and enjoy the impressive view downstream over the Taheke Scenic Reserve. The track to the Falls are located the end of Hoban Road, Whareora, 14 km north east of Whangarei. Learn more about Taheke Falls.

Otuihau - Whangarei Falls
Otuihau - Whangarei Falls