Piroa Falls

Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons


Enjoy picturesque falls and walking tracks. Camp by a sandy surf beach. Explore limestone caves, complete with glow worms…

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Camping
  • Caving
  • 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

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About this place

Nature and conservation

The Waipu sandspit and Mangawhai sand dunes are dominant features of Bream Bay/Piroa and the Mangawhai areas.

They are a hotspot for bird watching as they are home to many threatened and migratory birds including the tara-iti/New Zealand fairy tern, kuaka/bar-tailed godwit, taranui/Caspian tern, tōrea pango/variable oystercatcher and the tūturiwhatu/New Zealand dotterel.

History and culture

Scottish history is a feature of the little town of Waipu. You can discover more about Waipu’s history at the Waipu Museum.


Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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