Bridal Veil Falls / Waireinga

Bridal Veil Falls / Waireinga

Bridal Veil Falls / Waireinga


24 Rankers Reviews

21 Face-to-Face

7 Raglan

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1.6 km return | 10-30 minutes return

One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country, with viewing platforms perched in all the right places to get you up close.


Bridal Veil Falls are well signposted, 20 km from Raglan. Follow SH23 and turn right into Te Mata Road. After 9.4 km veer left onto Kawhia Road and Bridal Veil Falls are signposted after 3.4 km on the right.


There’s some fine tawa forest on the way to the top lookout. Head right down the 261 steps to two further lookouts and the bridge / viewing platform at the base of the falls. The track is well constructed, with many structures to aid viewing the falls.


Around 2 million years ago a nearby volcanic eruption spewed lava down a river valley, which then solidified over the older sandstone. This harder basalt then remained intact as water flowed over it and incised a deep pool in the softer sandstone underneath. These excavations left the basalt cliff, with it’s fluted organ pipe hexagonal columns exposed, as an impressive backdrop to the 55m high falls.


Tawa (Beilschmiedia tawa) has the influence of infusing the forest beneath with a soothing honey-green light. It is a common tree of New Zealand forests and grows to around 25 metres tall. The bright green leaves give an illuminated feel to the forest and it often grows in dense stands to the exclusion of other species. Maori used the tree for treating wounds and relieving stomach upsets.

Polynesian History

Waireinga means ‘leaping waters’, an allusion to the spirits which jump over the falls. To local Maori hapu, affiliated to the marae of Aotea Moana, the area was known to be inhabited by patupaiarehe. These forest fairies are felt as guardians of the area.


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Ranking: 6/10

It's a fall. Nice view from 3 point. Top, middle, bottom. Lowest is the nicest. You might spot eel. Cool if you're in the neighbourhood but not worth a long detour...unless you never seen a fall before. Can not swim (anymore). Water is muddy and there are poison-traps around that could have spoiled the water. It's a very short walk to the fall.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Very beautiful waterfall and a nice walk till the waterfall. Interesting sign, with fun facts about how the waterfall was made.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Yuko Mizuno


Ranking: 8/10

It is a magnificent view and beautiful place. I can walk the short track for the waterfall and it is not so hard.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Connor Hormell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

GREAT walk, very short and well signed. Such a beautiful waterfall with great observation points. If you do it you have to go to the bottom, definitely worth it.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Matthias Hottex


Ranking: 8/10

Amazing waterfall in the middle of New Zealand wild forest. Easy walk, interesting trip.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Nice waterfall, walk from the top to the bottom with platforms to look at it. Very peaceful.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Luala F


Ranking: 9/10

Easy access and a stunning view.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Aaron Stalley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

An absolutely breathtaking waterfall. The varied heights of the viewing platforms each provide their own unique view of this beautiful natural phenomenon.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

Short and easy walk with some lookouts. Impressive waterfall. Perfect for a swim at the end of the walkway, at the bottom of the waterfall.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Sabrina Mandel


Ranking: 8/10

Easy to go there and the walk down is worth it.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Morgan Fog

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Good small walk to where the falls start. 260 steps down to the pool where we swam. Well presented and properly maintained trails. Too many people.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Anna Fath


Ranking: 7/10

An amazing tall waterfall just a few steps away from the carpark. You can stand on several observation platforms (one directly above the waterfall) and even at the bottom of the falls.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Julien Lafeville


Ranking: 8/10

Easy walk, beautiful falls. Very clean track. Nice information on flora and fauna. Self composting toilet.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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