Waiau Falls and Kauri Grove Lookout...

Waiau Falls and Kauri Grove Lookout Walk

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14 Coromandel Town

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500 m return | 30 minutes return

Also known as the 309 kauri, these accessible, mature kauri trees are about 600 years old. The largest has a diameter of 1.9 metres and a girth of 6 metres. It is 16 metres to the first branch.

This area provides a glimpse of what the Coromandel forest would have looked like before logging. Massive kauri such as these would have ruled the canopy.

Access

7 km from the Coromandel end and 14.5 km from the Whitianga end of the 309 Road, a raised parking area is opposite the signposted start of the track.

The start of the track to the falls is signposted 1 km back towards the Coromandel end of the 309 Road.

Track

The metalled path is even, wide and only gently inclined. Wooden steps and walkways allow easy access to the trees.

The Waiau Falls are visible from the road.

Flora

It is thought these trees were saved from the axe and saw because the land was owned by a mining company. They restricted logging activity in the area.

During WWII the government wanted to cut the timber for use in the war effort. Due to the efforts of a local conservation group the trees were spared and now remain as a rare example of the forest’s former glory.

A short detour takes you to a Siamese kauri. This tree was originally two separate seedlings. They grew in such close proximity to each other they eventually joined.

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North IslandCoromandelCoromandel Town

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Mona Uttendorf

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Just a very short walk but beautiful and easy for everyone, right next to the street.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Veronique Kaplan

France

Ranking: 8/10

A steep, short walk, 3 hours, getting to a huge grandfather kauri tree: amazing!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Dawn Howard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Really sweet falls. A short walk from the road but well worth a look.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Annelie & Martin

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice place, bushwalk gives good information about kauri-trees.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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