Piroa Falls

Image: Russell Street | Creative Commons


Follow a 200 m track across the Ahuroa River and on to the picturesque Piroa Falls.

Track overview

200 m return via same track

Walking and tramping

5 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
  • 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 cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track


The track descends briefly down through bush into the gorge, there are a number of steps.

You cross the Ahuroa River on a concrete slab bridge with 'Rotary 1983' engraved on it (the track was built and upgraded courtesy of Maungaturoto Rotary Club).

A minute or two after crossing the bridge you arrive at the base of the picturesque Piroa Falls.

Getting there

Piroa Falls is located in the Waipu Gorge Scenic Reserve, signposted on SH1 at the foot of the northern side of the Brynderwyn Hills.

Follow Waipu Gorge Road for about 6 km until you reach the car park and track indicated by a DOC sign. Parking is limited on the narrow unsealed road, care should be taken here.

Know before you go

The bridge crossing is submerged during periods of high rainfall, do not attempt to cross when river is in flood.


Whangarei Office
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Whangarei 0140
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