Image: Jeffrey Cornwell
You can also walk the track in the reverse direction.
The track passes through stands of young kauri, tōtara and associated native vegetation. As you walk along the track, you will pass the remains of the historic Kerikeri hydro-election station, built as part of the hydro-electric generation scheme that operated between 1930 and 1967. The building’s remains are open to the public.
You can see interesting rock formations close to the Wharepuke Falls. At the base of these falls is a popular swimming-hole.
Ten minutes westward along the river from the Wharepuke Falls, the Kerikeri River Track goes under the Heritage Bypass and takes you to a seating area at the Fairy Pools.
10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 4,667 steps.
Fishing is allowed in the Kerikeri River. Fishing permits and information are available from Fish & Game New Zealand.
The Kerikeri River Track starts in the Kerikeri Basin Reserve and ends at the Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri.
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The Kerikeri River, at the Wharepuke Falls, and the larger Rainbow Falls, tumbles over basalt lava fields, which flowed into the river valley following volcanic eruptions some 200 million years ago.