Tawhai Falls walk

Tawhai Falls walk

Whakapapa Village

87%

8 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

14 Tongariro / National Park Village

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Birds eye view - Tawhai Falls
Tawhai Falls, full frontal

Information

800 m return | 15 minutes return

A little beaut of a waterfall, tricking over an old lava bluff. The sort of place Gollum would hang out.

The bottom of the waterfall is a deep, clear pool - adrenalin hooligans have been known to hurl themselves off the top into the blue unknown...

A pretty spot to stretch the legs on the way to Whakapapa.

Access

Tawhai Falls Walk is signposted 3.9 km south of Whakapapa Village, where there’s a small parking bay.

Track

It’s an easy stroll through mountain toatoa and stunted beech forest to the waterfall.

Geology

The 13-metre high falls tumble over an ancient lava flow.

European History

Some people have nicknamed the plunge pool ‘Gollums Pool’, as it was used in the filming when Faramir and his archers were watching Gollum fish. This is on account of the rock formations at the base of the falls, which resemble stone trolls from the Hobbit.

Details

Feature Value Info

Organisation

DOC Central North Island

Central government organisation

Location

North IslandRuapehuTongariro / National Park Village

Categories

  • Walking
  • Free

Reviews

  • 8 Rankers Reviews

    Quick Quotes

    • A short and easy walk to a nice waterfall.
    • Easy to get to and a great spot to have a look.
    • Short walks to a great waterfall.
    • Beautiful falls, about 25/30drop.

    Rating Distribution

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    8/10 3
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  • Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

    9/10

    Stumbled across this little walk (15 minutes) during a lunch break and enjoyed pictures in the sun by the falls.

    Easy to get to.

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    Steve Jackson

    United Kingdom

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

    8/10

    Easy to get to and a great spot to have a look.

    Spectacular waterfall!

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    Stuart

    Australia

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

    9/10

    Really nice, short walk to a beautiful waterfall.

    Very easy walk. Pretty scenery at the end.

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    Megan Telford

    Australia

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago

    8/10

    A short and easy walk to a nice waterfall.

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    Lucie Revay

  • Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

    8/10

    Short walks to a great waterfall.

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    Herman Schulz

    Netherlands

  • Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

    9/10

    Only a short hike, but a beautiful waterfall at the end.

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    Janina Zwerver

    Netherlands

  • Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in November 2009

    10/10

    Beautiful falls, about 25/30drop.

    Cold water, rainbows in spray. If mad, you can jump from the top and land in the deep pool underneath.

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    Emily and Alex

    United Kingdom

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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Cymen Crick

Rankers Owner