Waiotemarama Falls

Image: Haydn Curtis


Walk to a stunning waterfall or on to the summit Hauturu. Stay at Frampton's Hut, an hour from the road end.

Place overview


  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping
  • 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 hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

Find things to do and places to stay Waima & Mataraua Forests

About this place

Nature and conservation

The Waipoua/Waima/Matarau forest is the largest intact area of high altitude, kauri, and coastal forest associations in Northland. It spans a full altitudinal sequence from the coast to the highest points in Northland (Te Raupua 781 metres, Ngapukehau 762 metres and Mt Misery 728 metres).

The cold, high bluffs of Waima Forest are home to rare woody plants found nowhere else, including karamu (Coprosma waima), a tree daisy (Olearia crebra) and a recently discovered tree – Turoa onamata (Ackama nubicola). These plants, thought to be relics of a past ice age, are eaten by possums (and other browsers), though they have benefited from sustained possum control since 1995

Getting there

Access the forest from several points off SH12.

Know before you go

Wasps - There are high numbers of wasps particularly between January and April. Consider carrying an antihistamine product and if you are allergic to their stings ensure you take your medication.


Te Tai Kauri / Kauri Coast Office
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