Mount Damper Falls walk

Track category

Short walk


30 min


The track is closed to hunters every year from 1 August to 31 October due to lambing on private farmland. No dogs.

From the car park step over the style and walk over the formed track beside the creek. The first ten minutes are over open farmland. Follow the track until you reach the bridge, from where the bush starts. The track descends gradually to two viewing platforms.  A long drop toilet is available by the car park.

When crossing farmland please respect private property, leave gates as you find them and stay on the route.

Getting there

The walk starts from Mount Damper Falls car park, on the Okau Road off State Highway 3, 59 km north of New Plymouth.

About the area

Mount Damper Falls.
Mount Damper Falls.

The walk to Mt Damper Falls is well marked and leads to the lookout platform. 

At 74m high, Mount Damper Falls are one of the highest in the North Island.

Plan and prepare


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Location map

Location map of Mount Damper Falls walk.


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Alerts for Taranaki places


Taranaki / Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 756 0990
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Full office details
Dawson Falls Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 27 443 0248
Address:   Manaia Rd
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Ngāmotu / New Plymouth Office
Phone:      +64 6 759 0350
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