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A stunning native bush track along the Wainui River leads to Wainui Falls, the largest falls in Golden Bay.

Track overview

1.5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

30 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Wainui Falls. Image: Patricia Devine.
Wainui Falls

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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