Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve, New Plymouth

Image: Sylvia Whautere | DOC


Walk through an outstanding example of a subtropical rain forest past a scenic waterfall on this well-graded short walk - with a sheltered picnic at the car park it's great option for families.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

45 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The track passes through coastal forest and goes past a scenic waterfall. Look out for the two old saw pits beside the track, which are remnants of historical logging operations.

It's well graded but steep in places.

There is a large sheltered picnic area next to the carpark.

Getting there

Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve is 7.4 km south of New Plymouth. Follow Tukapa Street for 5 km, then turn into Cowling Road, then into Ratapihipihi Road.


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New Plymouth 4312
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New Plymouth 4340
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