Aniwaniwa Falls Track

Aniwaniwa Falls Track

Lake Waikaremoana


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Nice falls. Easy access.


approx 800 m return | 20 minutes return

Aniwaniwa Falls drop in 2 main stages. The first waterfall is like 2 diverging siblings. One side falls in near perfect rivulets to an apron of white water below. The other breaks into a messy maelstrom. In the afternoon sun, the white water can be blinding.The second falls are equally impressive and splash into a plunge pool. A rocky area between the tracks of white water is encrusted with mosses and ferns, which have water trickling off them like brocades of pearls. The stream then mellows at the base of the track to a boulder filled inlet, where shags dry their wings on the rocks and cuckoos’ melodies echo through the forest.


The start of the track is signposted from the far side of Aniwaniwa Stream to the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre. Cross the bridge and the track is on the left.

There is another entrance to the track from the parking area opposite the start of the track to Lake Waikareiti, 200 metres from the visitor centre.


The even metalled track descends alongside the Aniwaniwa Stream. Various sidetracks branch to the left and view the reasons for the accompanying aquatic melodies. A few strategic benches are placed in clearings. The track finally peters out at lake level at the head of tranquil Whanganuioparua Inlet.

Polynesian History

Aniwaniwa is said to mean ‘rainbow’.


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DOC East Coast

Central government organisation


North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneLake Waikaremoana


  • Walking
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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Aniwaniwa Falls isn't the most spectacular waterfall you'll see in your life, but its proximity to the road (meaning an easy adventure for all ages) and its setting amongst pristine native bush, makes it a winner in my book.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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 😍

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