North Island Waterfalls (New Zealand)

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The North Island Waterfalls are just one of many attractions in this more developed and populous of the major islands of New Zealand. Anchored by the country's largest city in Auckland and its capital in Wellington, we were treated to a very diverse mix of cosmopolitan cities, Maori culture, idyllic pastures, and still plenty of Nature. In fact, the Nature aspect itself was blessed with diversity from sandy surf beaches, fern- and moss-laden native rainforests, snow-capped and bush-clad mountains, mysterious caves with glow worms, giant Kauri trees, colourful lakes, geothermal hot springs and turbulent mud pots, and even active volcanoes.

As you can see from the map at the top of this page, there were way too many waterfalls that Julie and I happened to see on this island to show you in a singular list. So we've broken up the island into the following divisions - Auckland and Northland Regions, Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, and Gisborne Regions, Waikato Region, and Wanganui-Manawatu, Taranaki, and Wellington Regions.

The Auckland and Northland Regions in the island's far north was where some of that mix of Nature and cosmopolitan scenes were on display. We were pleasantly surprised at how well-kept attractions like Kitekite Falls, Fairy Falls, and Whangarei Falls were despite their proximity to urban centres. On top of that, we walked amongst giant Kauri trees as well as happening beaches that were very reminiscent of some of the very things we enjoyed back home in California.

Hunua Falls The Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, and Gisborne Regions comprise the east end of the North Island, which also happens to be one of the sunniest. Included in this area are the geothermal Rotorua area as well as the very wild and pristine Te Urewera National Park. Towards the south end of this division was the art deco Napier. In terms of waterfalling highlights, we experienced the impressive Waipunga Falls as well as a waterfall that ran hot in Kakahi Falls. Meanwhile, we saw one waterfall that seemingly bursted out of cliff walls like Tarawera Falls, and we also went deep into uninterrupted native forest to see waterfalls such as Mokau Falls.

The Waikato Region (pronounced "WAI-kuh-toe") in the geographic center of the North Island was where we encountered most of the waterfalls on the North Island. The region encompassed the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula (a very special place to Julie and I since we got married here), where we saw the Waiau Falls as well as the colorfal Lake Taupo, where the powerful Huka Falls could very well be the country's most popular natural tourist attraction. In the eastern part of this action-packed region, we saw one of the tallest waterfalls on the North Island in Wairere Falls and way out to the west of the region, we saw the classically-shaped Marokopa Falls, which itself was close to the famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.

Finally, in the far southwest and southern end of the North Island were the regions of Wanganui-Manawatu, Taranaki, and Wellington. In addition to the capital city of Wellington, this was the division where we did the unforgettable , where we saw surprise waterfalls as well as crossed between three active volcaoes. On the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, we saw Mangawhero Falls, which was apparently a filming location for one of the Mangawhero Falls, which was apparently a filming location for one of the Lord of the Rings movies. And on the far western end, we saw the nearly perfect cone of Mt Taranaki, where we also saw some waterfalls on its slopes like Dawson Falls. Moreover, we went deep into the countryside to see another one of the North Island's taller waterfalls in Mt Damper Falls.

So how will waterfalling the North Island create blissful memories for you? Check out the list of waterfalls below and find out!

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To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.

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Auckland and Northland Regions

Kitekite Falls 3 Kitekite Falls
Waitakere Ranges, Auckland

Karekare Falls 2.5 Karekare Falls
Waitakere Ranges, Auckland

Piroa Falls 2 Piroa Falls
Waitakere Ranges, Northland

Whangarei Falls 2.5 Whangarei Falls
Whangarei, Northland

Haruru Falls 1.5 Haruru Falls
Bay of Islands, Northland

Rainbow Falls 3 Rainbow Falls
Kerikeri, Northland

Waiotemarama Falls 1 Waiotemarama Falls
Hokianga, Northland

Hunua Falls 3 Hunua Falls
Hunua Ranges, Auckland

Fairy Falls 2 Fairy Falls
Waitakere Ranges, Auckland

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Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, and Gisborne Regions

Te Wairoa Falls 2 Te Wairoa Falls
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Kakahi Falls 1 Kakahi Falls
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Tarawera Falls 2.5 Tarawera Falls
Rotorua / Whakatane, Bay of Plenty

Marshall Falls 1 McLaren Falls and "Marshall Falls"
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Mokau Falls 3 Mokau Falls
Te Urewera National Park, Hawke's Bay

Te Rerekawau (Kaiate) Falls 2.5 Kaiate Falls (Te Rerekawau)
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Totarapapa Falls 1 Totarapapa Falls
Te Urewera National Park, Bay of Plenty / Hawke's Bay

Aniwaniwa Falls 2 Aniwaniwa Falls
Te Urewera National Park, Hawke's Bay

Papakorito Falls 2.5 Papakorito Falls
Te Urewera National Park, Hawke's Bay

Te Reinga Falls 1.5 Te Reinga Falls
Wairoa / Gisborne, Hawke's Bay

Shine Falls 3 Shine Falls
Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve, Hawke's Bay

Te Ana Falls 2 Tangoio Falls and Te Ana Falls
Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Waipunga Falls 3.5 Waipunga Falls
Hastings, Bay of Plenty

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Waikato Region

Wentworth Falls 3 Wentworth Falls
Whangamata, Waikato

Waiau Falls 1 Waiau Falls
Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato

Owharoa Falls 2.5 Owharoa Falls
Whangamata, Waikato

Wairere Falls 3.5 Wairere Falls
Matamata, Waikato

Bridal Veil Falls 3.5 Bridal Veil Falls
Raglan, Waikato

Marokopa Falls 3.5 Marokopa Falls
Waitomo, Waikato

Huka Falls 3.5 Huka Falls
Taupo, Waikato

Omaru Falls 3 Omaru Falls
Waitomo, Waikato

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Wanganui-Manawatu, Taranaki, and Wellington Regions

Mahuia Rapids 1 Mahuia Rapids
Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui

Tawhai Falls 1 Tawhai Falls
Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui

Taranaki Falls 2.5 Taranaki Falls
Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui

Soda Springs 1.5 Tongariro Crossing Waterfalls
Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui

Waihi Falls 2.5 Waihi Falls
Tararua / Hawke's Bay

Mangawhero Falls 2.5 Mangawhero Falls
Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui

Waitonga Falls 3 Waitonga Falls
Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui

Mt Damper Falls 3.5 Mt Damper Falls
New Plymouth, Taranaki

Dawson Falls 2 Dawson Falls
Stratford, Taranaki

Raukawa Falls 3 Raukawa Falls
Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui

Curtis Falls 1 Curtis Falls
Stratford, Taranaki

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Surely it's in the Waikato? Taupo is also in the Waikato.... Just FYI....the Bay Of Plenty finishes approx. some 24 kms SOUTH of Rotorua.... And …

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