Wainui Falls Track

Wainui Falls Track

Golden Bay


47 Rankers Reviews

44 Face-to-Face

6 Golden Bay

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3.4 km return | 1 hour 20 minutes return

A thumping waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation


If you catch the falls after rain, they are more spectacular.

During the New Zealand summer holidays the track will be busier with local holidaymakers.


From Takaka head along Abel Tasman Drive towards Totaranui. Just past Wainui Inlet turn right at the signpost into Wainui Falls Road and continue to the road end carpark.


The track follows the Wainui River upstream through a ferny forest with nikau and some big rata.

Cross the suspension bridge shortly before the falls.


This is granite country, with huge granite boulders lining the river fally and strewn throughout the streambed. The intense rains and steep watersheds give some mighty floods and logs stack up in the valley.

Wainui Falls are around 20 metre high.


Northern rata and tree ferns make this a luxuriant forest.


Feature Value Info


DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionGolden Bay


  • Waterfalls
  • Walking
  • Free


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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A must do walk in Golden Bay.

Even in the heat of Summer the river’s water is chill. Take your togs to fully enjoy one of the many swimming holes. Or jump in at the falls themselves.

After heavy rain the falls are impressive.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Nicole Kasischke


Ranking: 9/10

Great waterfall, easy walk including a nice swing bridge, 1 hour return, perfect light when the sun goes down.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Mario Schaeffer


Ranking: 9/10

Short walk to a big waterfall.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Bernd Giermann


Ranking: 8/10

Short walk, easy walk (good for kids), very nice waterfalls.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Kate and Dom

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice easy walk to the Falls which were spectacular!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Louisa Theimann


Ranking: 10/10

A very good and easy walk to the Wainui Falls. This waterfall is large and impressive, you can even sit in the pools in front of this waterfall. It took us about 1 hour return for this walk. You walk along a river and over bridges and have many good photo opportunities. There is a parking space and a toilet at the beginning of the walk. It is very well signposted!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jennie Holland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk if you are up that way, as it is quite a drive out there. Well maintained walkway and we got to see some eels swimming in the river.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Sonya Grimm


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk through the rainforest. Easy, with a huge waterfall at the end, where you can swim. Definitely worth it!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anika Danits


Ranking: 8/10

Pretty nice waterfall where you can swim in the waterhole.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Tom Teuber


Ranking: 8/10

Short walk to really nice falls. 2km in 2o minutes. Nice water to swim.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Milan Maiwald


Ranking: 8/10

Very nice falls and good track. Took a swim in the ice cold water next to the waterfall. Didymo is there - other than that, a thumbs up!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stefanie Giese


Ranking: 6/10

Nice walk, very busy which lowered our experience. If more time and you are more alone then great. Definitely take your swimmers. Would enhance the experience. Nice walk with average waterfalls. But nice to do.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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John and Jan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Well crafted track with wonderful river and waterfall views. Swing bridge and waterfalls add sense of adventure.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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