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Whangarei Falls featuring forests, a cascade and a river or creek

Bring a picnic to this beautiful waterfall and spend some time relaxing over lunch after exploring the surrounding forest to spot indigenous flora and fauna.

Whangarei Falls is a picturesque waterfall with elevated platforms, scenic walking paths and picnic areas. The falls were traditionally a popular location for local Māori people to catch eels. Visit today to watch the power of the tumbling water and to find many indigenous plants, including kauri trees and nikau palms, as you explore the area.

For outstanding views of the waterfall and surrounding forest, stroll along the nature trail that leads from the car park. The Whangarei Falls Loop, a well-maintained walking track, circles the waterfall. Stop at its many platforms to bird-watch and take in the wonderful views of the falls. At 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) long, the Whangarei Falls Loop takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.

The platforms and grassy areas are great for nature watching. Look for bird species that reside in the forest, such as kukupas (native wood pigeons) and riroriros (grey warblers). Examine indigenous plants, including koukas (cabbage trees) and pongas (tree ferns), as you amble along the pretty nature path.

Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with spectacular views of the water cascading 26-metres (86-feet) down the basalt cliffs. The site has benches and well-kept lawns. Restroom facilities are also available near the car park in Whangarei Falls Reserve.

If you wish to venture away from the waterfall, take the Sands Road Loop. At 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) long, this walking track is more challenging than the Whangarei Falls Loop. The Sands Road Loop takes around 3 hours to complete and is recommended for walkers with moderate fitness levels.

Both scenic walkways begin at the free public car park located within the reserve. Find Whangarei Falls Reserve, just 6 kilometres (4 miles) from the centre of Whangarei. Wear suitable hiking footwear and pack supplies, so you can spend a day exploring Whangarei Falls and the surrounding forested areas.

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The price is £82 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
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Situated in a rural location, this campsite is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Whangarei Falls and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from A. H. Reed Memorial Kauri Park. Whangarei Quarry ...
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