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Auckland Waterfalls You Can Actually Visit

By Natasha Van Der Laan
20th Jun 2017

Auckland Waterfalls You Can Actually Visit

While TLC told us not to, sometimes it’s good to venture away from the rivers and lakes that you’re used to. Lucky for us, there are a fair few waterfalls to chase near Auckland. We’ve tested the water (falls) around the city to bring you a list of the best in Auckland. Dive in!


Kauri is critically important to New Zealand’s ecosystem and it is increasingly vulnerable. Kauri dieback has become a serious issue that we need to be educating ourselves on and here at The Urban List we encourage all our readers to confirm that the walks you’re doing aren’t going to do any damage to our beautiful environment. With certain tracks closed we will try our hardest to stay up to date and hope you will do the same—it’s important that we come together to help protect our sacred New Zealand kauri forest. In particular, it is important to note that the Waitakere Ranges have a rahui (exlusion zone) across the entire park and we recommend that this is respected and you do not visit them. We have removed all references to waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges from this list. Click here to find out about kauri dieback and about how you can help and do your part!

Oakley Creek Falls


There’s a waterfall in Auckland Central? Say whaat? Yup, you don’t have to do much chasing to check out this six-metre waterfall. Oakley Creek runs 11 kilometres through the likes of Mount Roskill, Mount Albert and Avondale. In the Waterview section of the creek you’ll discover Auckland’s only natural waterfall. You heard it here first.

Mauku Waterfall


For all things pretty head to Wrights Watergardens. The picturesque gardens are like something from Alice in Wonderland. There are ponds, winding pathways, flowers on flowers and – you guessed it – a waterfall! The Mauku Waterfall is best enjoyed from the garden’s summerhouse #weddinggoals.

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Image credit: Chris McLennan

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