Wainui Falls track

Golden Bay

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Tim3.4 km return | 1 hour 20 minutes return

A thumping waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation

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Timing

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.

Access

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.

Track

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.

Geology

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.

Flora

Northern rata and tree ferns make this a luxuriant forest.

46 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

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 😍

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Nicole Kasischke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Mario Schaeffer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Short walk to a big waterfall.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Bernd Giermann

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2017

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Louisa Theimann

Germany

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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Sonya Grimm

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anika Danits

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Pretty nice waterfall where you can swim in the waterhole.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Milan Maiwald

Germany

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 about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stefanie Giese

Germany

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 over 2 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 over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Melissa Loose

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Nice easy track to a big waterfall! Beautiful walk and impressive falls!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

46 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

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 😍

Nicole Kasischke's avatar

Nicole Kasischke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed 12 months ago

Mario Schaeffer's avatar

Mario Schaeffer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Short walk to a big waterfall.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Bernd Giermann's avatar

Bernd Giermann

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2017

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Louisa Theimann's avatar

Louisa Theimann

Germany

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 over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

Jennie Holland's avatar

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 almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Sonya Grimm

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Anika Danits's avatar

Anika Danits

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Pretty nice waterfall where you can swim in the waterhole.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Milan Maiwald

Germany

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 about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stefanie Giese's avatar

Stefanie Giese

Germany

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 over 2 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 over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Melissa Loose

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Nice easy track to a big waterfall! Beautiful walk and impressive falls!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016