Mount Damper Falls Walk

Mount Damper Falls Walk

Mount Damper Falls Walk

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Marios Gavalas

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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!


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1 km return | 30 minutes return

Mount Damper Falls have carved a dramatic cylindrical bowl into the fragile papa cliffs they tumble over. During the fall of 74 metres, the wind whistles around the cliff face and deflects the water so it falls at an angle. The tributary of the Tongaporutu River is at its most dramatic after periods of heavy rain, although the track may then be muddy in sections.


Best after rain. But also muddiest.


5.2 km north of Tongaporutu and 4.3 km south of the Mount Messenger Tunnel along SH3, Mount Damper Falls are signposted along Okau Road towards Ohura. After 16 km bear right, continuing along Okau Road. Mount Damper Falls are signposted on the left after 10 km. The road is mostly unsealed, except for a twisting section which climbs a hill.


Follow the farm track and enter the Waitaanga Conservation Forest. The track undulates over and between footbridges to a viewing platform beside the falls.

European History

The horseshoe shaped bowl and falls were first sighted by Europeans in 1900 when a government surveyor, L Sladden, was working in the area.

The falls lie near the old Tihi-Manuka Maori trail, used as the main communications route between the Taumaranui area and the north Taranaki coast.


Feature Value Info


North IslandTaranakiTongaporutu


  • Walking
  • Free


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