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
  • Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your footwear and gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

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About this place

Nature and conservation

Mangawhai's sand dunes and Waipu sandspit are a dominant feature of the harbour. They are a hotspot for bird watching as they are home to many threatened and migratory birds including the NZ Fairy tern, Bar tailed godwit, Caspian tern, Variable oystercatcher and the 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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