Cross farmland for a short distance, then walk through a forest of nīkau palms, rātā trees and ferns.
The track climbs rapidly alongside spectacular granite boulders, following the Wainui River. There’s a great suspension bridge on the way – below this you can see old logs piled up after massive floods.
You’ll know you’re close to the falls when you can hear the sound of rushing water.
Return to the Wainui Bay car park on the same track.
The walk is popular with families and can be very busy throughout the day over the peak summer months when people flock to the Nelson/Tasman region. The best time to complete this walk is in autumn when there are fewer people in the area, and while temperatures remain warm after the summer. You’ll also get to appreciate the natural flair and colour of nearby Takaka, where the locals will always stop to chat.
The nearest town in Takaka (20 km).
The track begins from a car park at Wainui Bay – look for the signpost about 300 m after crossing the Wainui River Bridge.
Nature and conservation
Know before you go
What to expect
- Elevation change: +/- 69 m
- Some steep drop-offs – keep children close to the track.
Ensure you take:
- food and water
- sturdy footwear.
In the area
For information on transport, accommodation, activities, and attractions in the Nelson Tasman region, refer to www.nelsonnz.com.