Te Reinga Falls Scenic Reserve...

Te Reinga Falls Scenic Reserve Walk


1 Rankers Review

0 Face-to-Face

3 Mahia

Your Nature Guide

Marios Gavalas's avatar

Marios Gavalas

Author And Researcher

Nau mai, haere mai

Nau mai, haere mai

I'm Marios, delivering the best of Aotearoa's nature walks to your device.

I've personally walked hundreds of New Zealand's tracks and spent months in libraries uncovering interesting information on New Zealand/Aotearoa. And you'll find a slice of that research on this page - enjoy!


Deep Nature

FREE MAP - The best of 21 nature guidebooks on one map.

Online Maps

FREE Header

Deep Nature NEW

Author Marios Gavalas, Rankers and hundreds of contributors bring you a free web map to help you get lost (and find yourself) in Aotearoa's nature.


Te Reinga Falls
The falls from the air
View from the lookout
After the falls, comes the canyon


500 m return | 10 minutes return

Te Reinga Falls is a thunderous and unusual waterfall. The look-out is a 5 minute walk. Watch the falls crash over the precipice and turn 90 degrees into a canyon...in an instant.

SPOT X - For adventurous types, look for the un-official side track down to the river. It's at your own risk and it can be slippery....we'll say no more....


In Frasertown, 7.5 km from Wairoa, turn right into Tiniroto Road. 25 km further, just before Te Reinga, turn left into Ruakituri Valley Road, where Te Reinga Falls are signposted. Cross the Te Reinga Bridge over the Ruakituri River and the parking area is on the left. The start of the track is signposted from by the information board.


The even metalled track follows the sound of the roar to a lookout platform. Although this gives good views of part of the falls, other segments are disappointingly out of view. The bellows of spray are testimony to the massive volumes of water that pour over the 35 metre-high falls.


Limestone is a prominent rock type in the region and is interbedded with layers of sandstone. A resistant sandstone cap forms the top of the falls. The course of the falls is in a state of flux and within living memory they have exploited different points on the top from which to flow.

The rocks were formed around 3 million years ago in the Pliocene. In 1973 they divulged some bones of a previously unknown penguin species (Tereingaornis moisleyi). Whale and dolphin fossil fragments confirm the rocks were formed in a submarine environment and the decaying creatures were preserved in layers of accumulating sediment.

Polynesian History

According to one legend of Ngati Hinehika, two taniwha, Hinekorako and her brother Ruamano decided to race to the sea. On their journeys Hinekorako carved the Hongaroa River, while Ruamano left the Ruakituri river in his wake. Hinekorako was leading the race and decided to stop at Te Reinga. Ruamano came close behind, and in order to avoid disturbing his sister, crept by, forming the falls. He continued to the ocean and won the race, leaving his sister at Te Reinga.


Feature Value Info


North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneMahia


  • Walking
  • Free


Cymen Crick's avatar

Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

These Waterfalls are a little different to any I have seen. The water thunders over a decent drop and takes a quick turn at the bottom. It's like a waterfall / canyon combo. The viewpoint is at the top. The canyon can only be accessed by a slippery, unofficial track that isn't suited for kids or anyone that doesn't want to take responsibility for their own risk.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in September 2012

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

Rankers owner