Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri

Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons


This short, easy walk suitable for buggies, leads to the stunning Rainbow Falls on the Kerikeri River.

Track overview

400 m one way return via same track

Walking and tramping

10 min one way Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri


About this track


This short walk, starting at the Rainbow Falls carpark, is accessible by wheelchair.

Three stunning viewing platforms are at the top of the Rainbow Falls.

The Te Araroa Trail joins the Kerikeri River Track at this point and carries on down the hill towards the Kerikeri Basin.

You can stroll along the riverbank to the spectacular Rainbow Falls, where the water tumbles into a popular swimming hole surrounded by native bush. The falls are also a popular destination for kayakers to explore.

There are parking and picnicking areas at the end of Rainbow Falls Road.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 533 steps.

Getting there

From Kerikeri township, head north-east to the Heritage Bypass, then turn left into Waipapa Road. Rainbow Falls Road is on the left off Waipapa Road. Access to the Rainbow Falls is from the parking area at the end of Rainbow Falls Road or from the Kerikeri River Track itself.

Nature and conservation

You may hear tui call, and see fantails flitting about while you walk.

Puriri, totara, karaka, and manuka shelter the path to the viewing platforms.

History and culture

The third platform is at the head of an historic weir that supplied the first electrical power to the early Kerikeri township. Remnants of the Kerikeri hydro-electric station and weir are still visible and an information panel is situated at the rest area.

Know before you go

  • There are also parking and picnic facilities at the end of the Rainbow Falls Road.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the walking tracks in the Kerikeri Basin due to the risk they pose to kiwi and other wildlife.
  • Before leaving for your walk, make sure your vehicle is locked and any valuables out of sight.


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
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