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
  • Kauri dieback
    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 gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

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Bird and wildilfe watching

Dolphin and whale-watching can be done in the area.

An estuary near the mouth of the Waipu River is good for bird-watching, with many waders including the NZ dotterel, oyster catchers and fairy terns.


Explore limestone caves with stalagtites, stalagmites and glow worms near the entrance on the Waipu Caves Track.

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    About this place

    Nature and conservation

    Mangawhai's sand dunes are a dominant feature of the harbour, and are home to the rare fairy and 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
    Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   2 South End Ave
    Whangarei 0110
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