Shine Falls Track

Shine Falls Track

Boundary Stream


4 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

3 Tutira

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Time: 1 hr 30 min

This popular track within the lower, warmer and less-exposed part of the reserve provides a contrast in vegetation and landforms to those seen elsewhere. The track crosses farmland and beneath towering sandstone bluffs before entering the reserve. The mixed lowland forest includes kanuka, kawakawa, kowhai and titoki. Kaka beak grows on the cliffs. The track crosses Boundary Stream before leading to Hawke's Bay's most spectacular waterfall, the 58 metre Shine Falls.


Feature Value Info


DOC Hawkes Bay

Central government organisation


North IslandHawkes BayTutira


  • Walking
  • Free


Richard Mower's avatar

Richard Mower


Ranking: 10/10

Unbelievable 58m waterfall, totally worth the off the beaten track drive. A 45 minute walk from the carpark is just as stunning and the falls jaw dropping. Highly recommend.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Ellen Kamp's avatar

Ellen Kamp

Ranking: 7/10

The walk was really nice and didn't take us 2 hours but 1 hour return. The falls was really beautiful but unfortunately too cold for a dip. There's toilets and benches at the car park. 8 km gravel road to the carpark which we did with a large campervan which was fine.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Tom Teuber's avatar

Tom Teuber


Ranking: 9/10

It was one of the best waterfalls in New Zealand. A very nice track, which is not hard.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jared Hermansson

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Walk is relatively easy, once at location the falls are beautiful and in summer a dip in the natural pool will attract the fish out for a nibble.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014