Wainui Falls

Wainui Falls




Wainui Falls is perhaps the most accessible waterfall that we're aware of in Abel Tasman National Park. We weren't able to secure any boat rides (the weather wasn't cooperative) nor have the time to do any multi-day backpacks so we were glad to have had this option to just go waterfalling in the park without any strings attached so to speak.

We spent about an hour round trip to hike to the falls. The hike was pretty straightforward for the most part. It started off by hiking along some road before veering into the bush full of native growth forest. The forest canopy was welcome as we were kept relatively dry even though the rains came and went intermittently.

Towards the end of the hike, there was an interestingly long swinging bridge that could only take one tramper at a time. This meant we were in a small queue in order to wait for our turn, but I could totally imagine how this wait could be rather long on a busier day (like if it wasn't raining on a weekend or something like that).

Once we were at the end of the track, we had to scramble a little to get better views of the falls. But there were some young folks who threw caution to the wind and swam in the cold plunge pool eventually scrambling to the back of the falls.

Directions: From Takaka, we left SH60 and headed east on Motupipi St which became Abel Tasman Dr. We drove roughly 20km from SH60 to the well-signposted turnoff for Wainui Falls to our right. At the end of the short spur road there was a large car park just before a cattle guard.

Takaka was about 104km from Nelson.

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Cattle guard at the trailheadCattle guard at the trailhead

Entering Abel Tasman National ParkEntering Abel Tasman National Park

Julie on the single-person swinging bridgeJulie on the single-person swinging bridge

Lots of onlookers at the fallsLots of onlookers at the falls

View of the falls with lower cascadeView of the falls with lower cascade

A couple of blokes who had just finished swimming and headed for the backside of the fallsA couple of blokes who just finished swimming and headed for the backside of the falls

Falls with context from aboveFalls with context from above

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Fixated on the falls itself


Top down sweep from above the falls towards the bottom of the lower cascade just downstream from the plunge pool of the main falls


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