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New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

By Sarah Downs - 12 Dec 2018

New Zealand's Most Beautiful Waterfalls

Gaze upon the natural wonder of a waterfall and you can't help but get lost. But how many have you seen in Aotearoa?  From the top to the bottom of New Zealand, turquoise waters gush across native bush and create some of our most breathtaking landscapes and the best Instagram pictures.

Here’s a list to chase some of New Zealand’s most beautiful waterfalls. TLC said no, but we say YES.

Bridal Veil Falls

Raglan

This waterfall really does have all the wow factor and means no-nonsense. Named after a bridal veil simply because it looks like one, it is accessible by a short walking track. There are platforms all around it to take in its 55m of greatness. Take the steep steps down to the pool at the bottom—it's a popular spot to take a dip in the gushing water.

Purakaunui Falls

The Catlins

A truly iconic spot in the stunning Catlins region, the Purakaunui Falls are one of Otago’s most loved treasures. Just like a wedding cake, the cascading waterfall is three tiers of greatness.

Sutherland Falls

Milford

Sutherland Falls are New Zealand's tallest waterfall with a 580m drop. However, it will take a little effort to see the jaw-dropping glory. To visit, embark on a four-day tramp on the Milford Track or sit back and invest in an unforgettable scenic flight.

Fairy Falls

Henderson

This multi-tiered 15m cascade really lives up to its name— it's truly magical. Located in the central part of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, it is a 50-minute  round trip,  it’s an idyllic spot for a picnic amongst West Auckland's lush bushland. You can even take a dip in the small pond under the falls.

Humboldt Falls

Milford

For an easy hike with a grand pay-off see the Humboldt Falls located in  Fiordland National Park. The short climb takes you through the rainforest to the official lookout to see the 275m impressive falls.

Huka Falls

Taupo

At just 11 metres high the Huka Falls may not be the tallest but boy are they magnificent. Located just a short drive from Taupo, the Huka Falls are like no other due to their powerful 220,000 litres of water that gush every second. You won't be swimming here, but there are great walks around the area. If you like adrenaline, however, you can also book in for a jet boat ride to get up close and personal to this thundering waterfall.

McLean Falls

The Catlins

Often described as the most spectacular falls in the region, The 22m McLean Falls are set on the majestic Tatuku River in the Catlins Conservation Park. Walk 40 minutes through huge tree fuchsias and strands of Olearia to find it.

Owharoa Falls

Karangahake Gorge

The Owharoa Falls are nestled in the heart of the Karangahake George and is a perfect place for a picnic stop if your trekking along the Hauraki Rail Trail. The 6-metre staircase waterfall will make for Instagram magic.

Mt Damper Falls

Taranaki

One of the highest falls in the North Island, Mt Damper Falls is found nestled in the Taranaki forests. A short walk will take you to this 74-metre sight and there are two viewing platforms for great viewing.

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei

You sure can swim under this beauty of a fall, located in Whangarei scenic reserve—it’s one of the most popular spots in the area. The Whangarei Falls drops 26 metres and is surrounded by lush native bush. Picnic tables are located nearby, so pack your lunch and make a day of it.

Kitekite Falls

Piha

One of the most well-known falls close to Auckland—the Kitekite Falls is a must for any locals. Situated in the Waitakere Ranges, it’s  multi-tiered and drops into a large lake-like swimming hole at the bottom.

PLEASE NOTE: The Kitekite falls are presently CLOSED due to Kauri dieback disease. 

Tawahi Falls

Tongariro

Otherwise known as Gollum’s pools, the Tawahi Falls was a filming location for The Lord of The Rings making them famous. Located a short trek from the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre, the stone-riddled falls are breathtaking and the perfect place to pose for a classic Gollum shot.

Looking a little closer to home? Here are Auckland Waterfalls You Can Actually Visit

Image Credit: Freewalks.nz

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