Haruru Falls

Bay of Islands / Paihia, North Island, New Zealand

About Haruru Falls

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
Suggested Time: 10 minutes

Date first visited: 2004-11-08
Date last visited: 2004-11-08

Waterfall Latitude: -35.2782
Waterfall Longitude: 174.05143

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Haruru Falls was a short stopover that was essentially our waterfalling excuse to explore the Bay of Islands at Paihia.

The waterfall spanned the Waitangi River so it was much wider (maybe 15m) than it was tall (perhaps 5m).

Haruru_Falls_005_11072004 - Haruru Falls
Haruru Falls

I’ve seen in the literature that people often kayak right up to the falls but we didn’t see any kayaks during our visit in November 2004.

From the car park, Julie and I took a short five-minute walk to get right up to the brink of the falls (as shown at the top of this page).

Options Around Haruru Falls

We noticed that there was the option of walking a 6km track (said to take 2.5 hours) skirting the north end of the Waitangi Estuary to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Even though you could drive to the historical site, the walk seemed to provide a bit of a tranquil nature experience before arriving at the hallowed grounds where modern day New Zealand essentially got started.

Hole-in-the-Rock_029_11072004 - Approaching the Hole-in-the-Rock, which was one of the things we did to augment our Haruru Falls experience in Paihia
Approaching the Hole-in-the-Rock, which was one of the things we did to augment our Haruru Falls experience in Paihia

Augmenting the waterfall experience, Julie and I also did the Hole-in-the-Rock jet boat tour which launched from wharf at Paihia and went through the impressive sea arch.

That tour also explored a couple of caves, another natural arch, the lighthouse at Cape Brett, and even a blowhole!


Haruru Falls resides near Paihia in the Bay of Islands in the Northland region of North Island, New Zealand. It is administered under the jurisdiction of the Far North District Council. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Haruru_Falls_001_11072004 - Our first look at Haruru Falls from the first lookout we encountered
Haruru_Falls_004_jx_11072004 - Approaching the brink of Haruru Falls
Haruru_Falls_004_11072004 - A closer look at Haruru Falls

Haruru Falls was located very close to the town of Paihia.

From Paihia, we went 1km north on Marsden Rd to its junction with the Puketona Rd (now Black Bridge Rd SH11).

We turned left onto Puketona Rd and drove for about 3.6km, then we turned right onto Haruru Falls Rd.

The gravel car park was immediately after the bridge over the Waitangi River.

To give you some context, Paihia was the administrative center of the Bay of Islands. The town was over 3 hours drive (227km) north of Auckland or over an hours drive (71km) north of Whangarei.

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