Otuihau Whangarei Falls

Otuihau Whangarei Falls

AH Reed Memorial Park

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1 km return | 30 minutes return

Early resident of Whangarei used to visit the 26-m falls for a picnic, a pastime that is still popular today.

Timing

When the water level is low, a concrete track over the river at the top of the falls is exposed. This enables the loop to be completed. If the concrete is covered by water then the river level is too high and you must return by the same track.

Access

From Whangarei follow Bank Street and Mill Road to Tikipunga and turn right into Kiripaka Road. The falls are signposted 500 metres further on the right.

There are toilets and a picnic area by the carpark.

Track

The metalled track snakes from the viewing platforms at the top of the falls, through native forest to a footbridge over the Hatea River at the base of the falls. A climb to the eastern side of the river leads to another viewing platform.

When the water level is low, a concrete track over the river at the top of the falls is exposed. This enables the loop to be completed. If the concrete is covered by water then the river level is too high and you must return by the same track.

Geology

The Whangarei Falls are 26-metres-high and cascade in a frothing maelstrom over a solidified basalt lava flow, thought to be around 2.5 million years old.

European History

This park is named after A H Reed, a well-known New Zealand author, publisher and long distance walker. The site of his parents homestead is on the opposite side of Clapham Road from the upper car park. A H Reed was a significant player in protecting the falls from quarrying and retaining the kauri trees in the forest.

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North IslandNorthlandWhangarei

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C J B

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Nice area, don't swim: new signage encourages you away from toxic bird effluent. Otherwise a grand view from bridge and picnic area, makes a great screensaver.

24 hour toilet and limited self-contained camping.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Marc Reuter

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful waterfall where you can also swim, if you are brave - the water is quite cold. The walk to go here is great as well. Lots of forest and a river.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Marc Perales

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing waterfalls, walk down the river to the native bush canopy bridge!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Hannah Stiles

United States

Ranking: 10/10

One of our first walks in New Zealand. We would not change a thing here!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Rahel Baufeld

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A lot of helpful information, bit muddy in some spots but nice and peaceful.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jamie Serieux

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Impressive and well organised walk although signs were occasionally a bit sketchy.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Luisa Birkel

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Not that interesting but a nice spot for chilling and relaxing!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Emily Pohlmann

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot, nice animals.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Alex Schott

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great waterfall. Crazy guys were jumping from a tree down in the water.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Thea Nicholas

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk - around 7km from the city. You can have a nice swim (cold) by the falls.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Julien Sene

France

Ranking: 7/10

You don't have to walk to see the falls but a few minutes to go on to the bottom. Lovely place but it could be overcrowded sometimes!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Levi

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Walk from town was long and a bit rainy but great. Despite the section you have to walk on the road, I could not fault it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Daniel Roedel

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

This waterfall is so cool! There is a great walk through the jungle directly next to the river and at the end comes the waterfall.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016