Piroa Falls
Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons


Follow a 200 m track across the Ahuroa River and on to the picturesque Piroa Falls. The river has many suitable swimming holes along the track, making it a fun walk for children.

Track overview

200 m

Walking and tramping

10 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only.

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About this track


The track is a short, steep zigzag down through bush into the gorge.

You cross the Ahuroa River on a concrete slab bridge with 'Rotary 1983' engraved on it (the track was built and upgraded courtesy of Maungaturoto Rotary Club).

About five minutes after crossing the bridge you can view the picturesque Piroa Falls from beneath.

The river has a number of swimming holes along the track making it a worthwhile family trip.

Getting there

Piroa Falls is located in the Waipu Gorge Scenic Reserve, signposted on SH1 at the foot of the northern side of the Brynderwyn Hills.

Follow Waipu Gorge Road for about 7 km until you reach the car park and track indicated by a DOC sign.


Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
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