Wainui Falls Track

Track category

Walking track


30 min


1.5 km


Wainui Falls. Photo: 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.

Places to stay

There are no hut or campsites on the track.

Plan and prepare

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.

No dogs or fires are permitted in this area.


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Nelson/Tasman places


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
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Takaka Office
Phone:      +64 3 525 8026
Email:   takaka@doc.govt.nz
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