This short track through stunning native bush track leads to Wainui Falls, the largest falls in Golden Bay - there's a long swing bridge for children to enjoy as well.

Track overview

1.5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

30 min one way Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Wainui Falls.
Wainui Falls
Image: Shellie Evans © 

From the carpark the track crosses farmland for a short distance before entering forest and climbing rapidly to a point where you see the river surprisingly far below.

Here you walk through a forest of nikau palms, rata trees and ferns. Keep a lookout for a possible sighting of the giant snail, Powelliphanta. Look but don't touch!

A few minutes after crossing the swing bridge over the Wainui River you will hear the falls before they suddenly appear, usually curtained in spray.

Getting there

The track starts from a carpark in Wainui Bay, 20 km north-east from Takaka. Look for the direction sign on the road side approximately 300 metres after crossing over the Wainui River Bridge.

Know before you go

  • Tramping boots or walking shoes are recommended. 
  • Children need to be closely supervised as there are steep drops off the edge of the track in some places.
  • Fires not permitted at any time.
  • No hut or campsites on the track.


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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