Mount Damper to Te Rerepahupahu Falls track
Located in Mount Damper and Waitaanga Conservation Area in the Taranaki region
IntroductionThis track to Te Rerepahupahu Falls is recommended for fit and experienced trampers only.
14 km to the falls one way
This track is recommended for fit and experienced trampers. Expect tree windfalls, overgrown sections and missing track markers. Allow extra time for route finding.
It is the longest of the Waitaanga Forest walks and is an overnight trip.
The 15 min Mt Damper Falls Walk is well marked and leads to a lookout platform at the 74 m falls. From the falls follow the signpost, then white poles to the stile and entrance to the Waitaanga Forest. Follow the disc markers to the left. There are extensive views over the Waitaanga Forest to the Kotare Scenic Reserve in the north.
After 1 hr 30 min the track climbs a small spur through regenerating kamahi, reaching the main ridge 30 min later. The track then enters tawa forest interspersed with mature rimu and rata. You reach Mt Damper after 2 hr 30 min - 3 hr. The summit marker (528 m) is on a side ridge to the left of the track.
After 6 hr the track descends to the Waitaanga River Valley. South from the ridge are views of the beech forest in the Tatu track region. After a further 30 min, the track comes to the edge of a high bluff with a view of one of the last remaining unlogged mixed podocarp forests in Taranaki.
Descend to the river valley and cross the swingbridge. Turn left and walk for 45 min to the next track junction, where you turn left again to Te Rerepahupahu Falls. There is a small clearing beside the falls to camp in. There are no other facilities.
The next day return to Mt Damper Falls carpark via the same track (7 hr 30 min). Or with prior transport arrangements, continue out on:
The route starts from Mt Damper Falls carpark on the Okau Road off SH3 north of New Plymouth.
Stay safe in the outdoors
- Take the right gear for your trip: Walking and tramping gear lists.
- Tell a trusted person your plans and when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. Send them the information directly, or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk.
- Follow the five essential steps of the Land Safety Code.
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