Tawarau Falls Loop Track

Tawarau Falls Loop Track

Tawarau Forest


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20 Waitomo

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Time: 3 hr to complete loop, or 2 hr return to falls

You can choose to walk this track as a loop or extend it with the Double Falls track, or use it to link up with the Gorge Track. Combining the Tawarau Falls Loop track with the walk to the Double Falls will take 5 hr 30 min return.

From the Appletree Road end and heading to the Tawarau Falls the track climbs briefly then drops to the Tawarau River. It then runs along the northern bank of the meandering river before crossing a bridge to the south bank.

There are three river crossings from this point to the falls and you walk through a section of forest where the understory is lush with Prince of Wales feathers fern (double crepe fern). You can reach the head of the falls, but the base of the waterfall is not accessible.

The track continues on to complete the loop or you can return the way you came. Amazing limestone bluffs, beautiful ferns and the small falls of water along the track make this a memorable walk.


Feature Value Info


North IslandWaikatoWaitomo


  • Walking
  • Free


Anna Fath's avatar

Anna Fath


Ranking: 8/10

If you are interested in wild and untouched nature, this might be something for you. To start the walk you have to drive down the Appletree Road for a few kilometres (really small and crazy street through the bush). Then it is a 1 to 2 hour walk through deep forest (you have to cross a river a few times) to get to the awesome small falls. Not many people have been here before.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Nick Morrison's avatar

Nick Morrison

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