World of Waterfalls Blog
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Most recent blog posts (reverse chronological order):
Mahuia Rapids, Toakakura Falls, Matariki Falls
Mahuia Rapids was really an accidental find as we were actually looking for Matariki Falls and Toakakura Falls, which happened to be obscure labels on a map of the Tongariro National Park area in…
Tawhai Falls (pronounced “TAW-fai”) is a 5m waterfall on the Whangapapanui Stream accessed on a short 20-minute return track near Whakapapa in Tongariro NP.
Taranaki Falls is a 20m waterfall surrounded by open scenery providing a chance to see the impressive volcanos of Tongariro National Park in good weather.
Mangawhero Falls is a 25m plunge waterfall on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu along the Ohakune Mtn Road that could be a filming location of The Lord of the Rings.
Waitonga Falls at 39m is the tallest waterfall in Tongariro National Park with a varied bush walk encompassing native bush, a scenic bog, and mountain views.
“The Journey Through Mordor” (Taranaki and Tongariro Crossing – November 16, 2004 to November 19, 2004)
The weather report had predicted bad weather until Friday. Unfortunately, it was Tuesday and I was worried our hoped-for Tongariro Crossing hike was in jeopardy…
Huka Falls packed quite a punch for a modestly-sized 9-11m waterfall as it discharged 300kL/s with a light blue colour on the Waikato River draining Lake Taupo.
Tangoio Falls and Te Ana Falls
Tangoio Falls and Te Ana Falls made up a waterfall tandem accessed on a short bush walk in Hawke’s Bay. Tangoio Falls is 25m tall and Te Ana Falls is 10m high.
Waipunga Falls is an easy-to-access roadside 40m waterfall dropping in three segments with a companion waterfall between Taupo and Napier in the Bay of Plenty.
Totarapapa Falls is a roadside waterfall reportedly 45m tall in the north of the remote Te Urewera National Park near the town of Murupara, New Zealand.
Mokau Falls is a 37m tall waterfall to the north of Lake Waikaremoana in Te Urewera National Park. We think it’s the most impressive waterfall in the park.
Aniwaniwa Falls – Bridal Veil Falls, Momahaki Falls, and Te Tangi-o-Hinerau Falls
The Aniwaniwa Falls (‘Rainbow Falls’ in Maori) consist of 3 waterfalls (Bridal Veil Falls, Momahaki Falls, and Te-tangi-o-Hinerau) in Te Urewera National Park.
Papakorito Falls is a 20m rounded waterfall near the eastern shore of Lake Waikaremoana in Te Urewera National Park accessible by a short two-minute walk.
Te Reinga Falls
Te Reinga Falls is a powerful-but-hard-to-see series of waterfalls dropping 35m fed by a combination of the Ruakituri and Hangaroa Rivers in the East Coast, NZ.
Shine Falls is a 58m waterfall said to be the Hawke’s Bay Region’s tallest. We accessed it on a scenic 1 hour 45 minute bush walk starting in a paddock.
Te Wairoa Falls
Te Wairoa Falls (also called Wairere Falls) was our waterfalling excuse to check out the tragic Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Like the ancient Roman city of Pompeii being buried by the pyroclastic…
Kakahi Falls is a 12m geothermally-heated waterfall surrounded by mud volcanos, acidic lakes, and colourful springs in the Hell’s Gate Reserve near Rotorua.
Tarawera Falls is a 35m waterfall emerging like springs from fissures and cracks in the vertical cliffs by Lake Tarawera reachable by a 350m track near Kawerau.
“The Shortcut” (Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand – November 13, 2004 to November 15, 2004)
I had read somewhere that this road tended to break up marriages as couples would argue after finding out it wasn’t the shortcut one of them hoped it would be. I prayed this would not be our fate…
McLaren Falls and “Marshall Falls”
McLaren Falls and Marshall Falls are two different waterfalls in close proximity to each other. McLaren Falls is regulated and Marshall Falls is a short walk.