Whangarei Falls, New Zealand

There’s more to see in Northland than 90-Mile Beach, giant kauri trees and funky toilets designed by world-renowned architects…

I know, Northland is pretty amazing for all the above. But don’t forget to stop every now and on your way to sand-surfing in the dunes up north and visit all the other stunning sights. Whangarei Falls definitely are one of these sights.

Whangarei Falls are located in the Northland region, on New Zealand’s North Island. They are about 5 km from Whangarei city centre, and should be a mandatory stop on any Northland road trip. Finding them is quite easy if you know where to go. They are situated just off of Ngunguru Road. Just follow the signposts to the small parking lot and take the walkway down to the Hatea river. The track leads right to the foot of the falls from where you can fully appreciate their splendour. It’s like a scene from a film. A little oasis of calm!

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls, Northland

Whangarei Falls, Northland

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls, North Island

Whangarei Falls, North Island

Hatea River, Whangarei Falls

Hatea River, Whangarei Falls

Christina Hegele

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  13 comments for “Whangarei Falls, New Zealand

  1. 27 April, 2012 at 01:03

    Excellent – a new article, another article about New Zealand to make me drool. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your post, Christina!

    • Christina
      29 April, 2012 at 20:41

      You’re welcome, Henry! You’ll hopefully see them yourself soon!

  2. 27 April, 2012 at 18:42

    That waterfall looks amazing! I’ve never had the pleasure to swim at the bottom of a waterfall, but it is definitely on my to-do list. Geesh! My to-do list probably stretches to New Zealand!

    • Christina
      29 April, 2012 at 20:44

      Hi Michaela! I have plenty more things to put on your to-do list for New Zealand… πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the post!

  3. 28 April, 2012 at 14:49

    Oh, I didn’t know Whangarei Falls exists on my trip to Northland..

    • Christina
      29 April, 2012 at 20:46

      That’s a shame! Northland has a lot to offer though, I’m sure you saw some other amazing things?

  4. 29 April, 2012 at 14:39

    Do people jump off that?

    • Christina
      29 April, 2012 at 20:50

      I know I have a few posts on bungy jumping, sky walking and base jumping out there, but despite my adrenaline junkie tendencies I have to say I didn’t go to Whangarei Falls for any adventurous activities πŸ™‚ It’s a really calm place, I’d be surprised if people jumped off there!

  5. Vi
    30 April, 2012 at 07:05

    Of course I did. May be just waterfalls were on my priority list at the time πŸ™‚ But I visited Kauri museum, Rainbow Warrior memorial, location where Treaty of Waitangi was signed, Te Paki dunes, drove on 90 miles beach, Kauri forest.

    • Christina
      1 May, 2012 at 21:11

      Wow, you did the grand tour I guess!!

      • Vi
        4 May, 2012 at 05:28

        I just had a great long weekend πŸ™‚

  6. 3 May, 2012 at 01:01

    Wow, beautiful falls. Thanks for sharing. We’re headed to New Zealand in two weeks! It will be our first time and we can’t wait!

  7. Joe
    9 June, 2012 at 17:08

    What a wonderful place. Are the falls active throughout the year or is it only in the monsoons?

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