IntroductionThis short, easy walk suitable for buggies, leads to the stunning Rainbow Falls on the Kerikeri River.
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.
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.
- 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.
- If you wish to swim, check the current water quality before you enter the water.
- Take care if swimming.
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.
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.