Marokopa Falls

Marokopa Falls - Waitomo area

Marokopa Falls

Waitomo area


12 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

5 Waitomo

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Marios Gavalas

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840 m return | 20 minutes return

35 metre plunge in many cascades. Just beautiful. You are aetherially connected to the waterfall by the fine mist wafting over the viewing platform.


Marokopa Falls are signposted 29 km west of Waitomo. There’s a parking area at the start of the track.


The metalled track descends through forest to a viewing platform.


The falls plunge over a limestone bluff.

European History

The reserve around the falls was formed in 1925.


Feature Value Info


DOC Waikato

Central government organisation


North IslandWaikatoWaitomo


  • Waterfalls
  • Walking
  • Scenic Attractions
  • Free


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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

20Sept18. As good as previously described!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Great waterfall with rainbows, 20 minute walk return.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anna Jungclaus


Ranking: 10/10

It is a short walk to a stunning view. We did not expect it to be so big and beautiful and were overwhelmed.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 6/10

A short walk to these falls which were nice but I would skip them if you are short on time.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Loic Journet

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful falls, easy access to the lookout but very muddy access to the river.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

For me the nicest waterfall! Short access.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Terry Seaman

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Glad we walked the short, well maintained trail to the beautiful falls. Loved that we were able to walk to the bottom of the falls and get drenched by the mist.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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N smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing waterfall, great place to explore

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Robin's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a great place to visit - very well maintained track, by DOC. guys working there, also told us about Natural Bridge, and Ruakuri Bush Walk, both just up the road going towards Waitomo Caves - we started at Marakopa end, and all 3 get a 10/10 All 3 are free, and well worth the walks.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

This is the most beautiful waterfall I have seen on the North Island. It is stunning & free!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Situated on a long winding road, the falls are majestic + only a 5 minute walk from the carpark.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

A short 5 minute walk to an amazing waterfall. And there's nobody there!

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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