Waiau Falls
Image: Shellie Evans ©


Visit a popular swimming hole at Waiau Falls and view a mature kauri grove on this walk.

Track overview

500 m

Walking and tramping

30 min return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this track


Waiau Falls

Waiau Falls can be viewed from the roadside 7 km along the 309 Road. Beautiful native bush surrounds the falls and its popular swimming hole.


Kauri Grove Lookout Walk

Another 1 km up the road, a walking track takes you to the most accessible and mature kauri stand on the Peninsula. The grove contains a ‘siamese’ kauri which forks just above the ground.

Getting there

Access is via the 309 Road.


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
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Hauraki Office
Phone:   +64 7 867 9180
Email:   thames@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Corner of Pahau and Kirkwood Streets
Thames 3500
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