Haruru Falls Track

Haruru Falls Track

Waitangi National Trust Mangrove Walk

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Haruru Falls
Mature trees along the track

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approx 6 km one-way | 2 hours one-way

The elegantly constructed boardwalk through the mangroves provides the ideal way to explore this unique habitat, which is otherwise inaccessible by foot.

Access

The walk starts from the northern end of the Waitangi National Trust Park, opposite the Waitangi Trust Visitor Centre. This is the nearest carpark.

Alternatively, if attempting the walk in reverse, follow Puketona Road from Paihia for 5km and turn right into Haruru Falls Road. There is a carpark on the right after the bridge over the Waitangi River.

Track

Initially the track skirts the golf course (follow the yellow marker posts), before passing through a turnstile. Through the kanuka forest the track is wide and well-formed but unmetalled.

After 1 hour the track crosses an arm of the estuary on a boardwalk, which continues for approximately 20 minutes through the mangroves. It can be slippery when wet.

At the end of the boardwalk, turn left. The track skirts the shoreline of the Waitangi River before exiting through a turnstile. There is a 2-minute walk from the carpark at the Haruru Falls to a lookout over the falls.

Flora

Mangroves (Avicennia resinifera) are uniquely adapted to their harsh environment. Their shallow radial roots anchor well in the anaerobic muds and protect the trees from strong winds and tidal scours. Vertical breathing roots, known as pneumatophores, are exposed at low tide and enable the trees to transpire.

The leaves have a waxy topside, which reflects the strong light, and a downy coat of fine hairs on their underside retards the loss of water through transpiration. Mangrove seeds germinate on the tree and the seedpods can be carried on tidal currents for up to four months while the seed remains viable.

Mangroves are important indicators of the ecological health of an estuary. They reoxygenate the water and provide habitat for molluscs, crustaceans, up to 30 fish species and numerous wading birds.

After the boardwalk, the native vegetation sequence is exhibited on the estuary, from mangroves to salt marshes to coastal scrub.

Polynesian History

The Haruru Falls form a picturesque crescent and drain the Waitangi River. Before the advent of Europeans, horses and bridle tracks, the Waitangi River was the main Maori communications route. Haruru Falls represented the entrance to the Bay of Islands.

European History

Haruru was a busy port in the late 1800s, exporting timber, kauri gum, cattle, dairy produce, sheep and wool.

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Anna Gruenewald

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice view but sometimes too much bush.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Jacob

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

A nice walk through the forest on a small road. The bad thing is that the waterfall is small but the walk is really nice.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Vincent

France

Ranking: 7/10

Three hour walk . Nice bush walk into the mangrove. At the end, you end up at a waterfall. It was not an impressive waterfall. Coming back by the road is risky.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Julie Miehling

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice walk with nice spots! The walk over the river was also really good.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Chiara

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Mangrove part is very nice, through Kiwi territory, then on to the waterfall at the end.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Andreas Schiefer

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Very nice walk through forest, one can see mangroves, lots of birds. But Haruru Falls itself is a bit disappointing as it is really tiny.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Phil Bromby

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Started at Falls, straight into a bushwalk which got a bit boring then through a Mangrove swamp - very interesting. Took 2 hours.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Andrew Luke

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Good track through forest, kiwi habitat, mangrove forests. With Haruru Falls as the destination it is a lovely walk.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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jonas meier

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

2 hour walk through the forest.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Paul Balfour

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Really long way but beautiful at the end.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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paulweig

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A well maintained and pleasing track, but one which has been reported inaccurately by e.g. paihia.co.nz making all other downline figures wrong too.

Stats from GPS: averaged over several two-way journeys:
Distance one way = 4.6 km.
Time one way = 1.5 hours (slow-to-moderate pace with a few stops to take in the scenery). Terrain is flat to slight undulation, never more than ca. 20 m ASL. Hope that puts it into perspective.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Pietersen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice track goes through the mangrove - about two hours.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jochem Snyders

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

A lot of different things to see and a nice and quiet place in the touristic Bay of Islands.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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