Kerikeri River Track

Kerikeri River Track


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Marios Gavalas

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3.5 km one-way | 1 hour 30 minute one-way

The walk is accompanied by the various soothing sounds of the Kerikeri River. It passes under a shaded canopy of lush vegetation and some almost pure stands of totara.


The start of the track is signposted from the main parking area in the Kerikeri Basin. Alternatively, you can start the track from the parking area at the end of Rainbow Falls Road, off Waipapa Road north of Kerikeri.

Both parking areas have toilets.


The track is metalled, even and of a very high standard, with footbridges and wooden walkways over uneven and boggy areas.

It follows the true left of he Kerikeri River, after 15 minutes passing the Historic Power House. After a further 5 minutes are the Wharepoke Falls.

The parking area at Rainbow Falls is 5 minutes past the plunge pool. The Rainbow Falls can be viewed by a 15-minute–return walk from the parking area.


The Wharepoke and higher Rainbow Falls flow over basalt lava fields.

European History

The Historic Power House was developed by George Alderton, a local developer who wanted to attract wealthy land buyers to Kerikeri in the 1920s. Their wives, who were used to servants, specified that to move to New Zealand, electricity would be essential. In 1930 the hydroelectric power station was built and turned on. It was decommissioned in 1967, but the generator and turbine have been restored for viewing.


Feature Value Info


DOC Northland

Central government organisation


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  • Walking
  • Free


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Ranking: 7/10

Nice relaxing walk next to the river. You pass some waterfalls and pools and go to the oldest store in NZ.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jop Veldhuis


Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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