Wentworth Falls

Coromandel Forest Park / Wentworth Valley / Whangamata, North Island, New Zealand

About Wentworth Falls


Hiking Distance: 6km round trip
Suggested Time: 2.5 hours

Date first visited: 2004-11-12
Date last visited: 2004-11-12

Waterfall Latitude: -37.25437
Waterfall Longitude: 175.81377

Wentworth Falls (also called Wentworth Valley Falls) was one of the taller waterfalls that I happened to encounter while touring the Coromandel area.

Said to be 50m tall, it comprised of two steep and angled leaps.

Wentworth_Falls_013_11112004 - Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls

The view you see at the top of this page was from the official lookout.

However, I had also read that it was possible to reach the bottom of the falls even though I couldn’t find that path during my visit.

This was the first waterfall that we visited after our wedding in Whitianga (“FIT-tee-ahnga”).

We probably should have seen Waiau Falls first since it was closer, but we had completely overlooked it and ended up seeing this waterfall on the way towards Tauranga.

Hiking to Wentworth Falls

Wentworth_Falls_001_11112004 - Sign at the trailhead giving me an idea of how long the Wentworth Falls Track would take
Sign at the trailhead giving me an idea of how long the Wentworth Falls Track would take

Right from the get go, a sign greeted me with verbiage suggesting that I had to hike for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes.

However, it didn’t say if that duration was round trip or in each direction.

I ended up taking close to two hours return so I’m sure the sign ultimately meant one-way.

In any case, I managed to shave off some time from the overall predicted round-trip time because I hiked quickly and solo as I didn’t want Julie to be waiting in the car for me for too long.

Wentworth_Falls_002_11112004 - Hiking through an open area on the way to Wentworth Falls
Hiking through an open area on the way to Wentworth Falls

For the first few minutes, I was walking through mostly open space and grassy clearings.

There were several paths leading away from the main track probably leading to camping areas, picnic areas, or even abandoned gold mines.

The mines seemed to suggest a rich history about gold in the area.

As I continued following the signs, the track then narrowed and followed alongside the Wentworth River towards the falls for the next 3km or so.

Wentworth_Falls_022_11112004 - One of the abandoned gold mines seen along the Wentworth Falls Track
One of the abandoned gold mines seen along the Wentworth Falls Track

About 25 minutes from the start of the track, I noticed an abandoned gold mine entrance right besides the main track.

I dared not enter due to the possibility of the mine shafts collapsing, but it looked to be sealed anyways.

About a third of the way through the forested track, I encountered an unbridged stream crossing (of the Young Stream) where hiking sticks aided the boulder hop to get across without drenching the feet.

The path continued uneventfully through more bush until I made a second crossing (of the Campbell Stream this time), which was also fairly long and required a bit of nimbleness to stay dry.

Wentworth_Falls_006_11112004 - One of the unbridged stream crossings (over the Young Stream) en route to Wentworth Falls
One of the unbridged stream crossings (over the Young Stream) en route to Wentworth Falls

My trekking poles further aided my attempts to keep my balance while keeping my feet dry.

After the second stream crossing, the track undulated some more then started climbing.

Before the climb became really steep, there was a signposted turnoff indicating the lookout of Wentworth Falls.

Shortly after taking this spur, I was at the viewpoint that yielded the photo you see at the top of this page.

Wentworth_Falls_009_11112004 - Signed fork that took me down to the lookout for the Wentworth Falls
Signed fork that took me down to the lookout for the Wentworth Falls

Even though I went looking for a way to get to the bottom, I didn’t find it. Maybe I didn’t look hard enough.

Back on the main track, the steep climb eventually started to flatten out as I was now looking over the top of the waterfall.

The view from up here was a little anti-climactic, and it was the spot where I turned back to return to the trailhead.

According to the maps, the track would keep going until it would eventually lead to Marototo Road in another 10km.

Authorities

Wentworth Falls resides in the Coromandel Forest Park near Whangamata in the Coromandel region of North Island, New Zealand. It is administered under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Wentworth_Falls_003_11112004 - Signage at the start of the actual bush walk to Wentworth Falls after having passed through an open area
Wentworth_Falls_004_11112004 - On the shady and lush bush track for Wentworth Falls
Wentworth_Falls_008_11112004 - This was the second stream crossing that I encountered (over Campbell Stream) en route to Wentworth Falls
Wentworth_Falls_011_11112004 - Looking at Wentworth Falls from the overlook
Wentworth_Falls_019_11112004 - Looking over the top of Wentworth Falls as I explored the track a little more in an attempt to get to the bottom of the falls, but I found myself at the top before heading back
Wentworth_Falls_020_11112004 - Following the signs pointing the way back to the start of the Wentworth Falls Track

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Starting from the town centre of Whangamata (pronounced “fahng-ah-mah-TAH”), we headed south on Port Rd towards its junction with Tairua Rd (SH25).

Then, we drove for about 1.6km until we then turned right onto Wentworth Valley Rd, which was mostly unsealed.

Wentworth_Falls_001_jx_11122004 - The concrete ford near the end of the Wentworth Valley Road
The concrete ford near the end of the Wentworth Valley Road

We followed this road for another 5km, traversing a concrete ford along the way, to its end near the Bushland Park Lodge.

Whangamata was about 75km south of Whitianga and 88km north of Tauranga as well as 30km north of the town of Waihi. For further context, Whangamata was a solid 2 hours drive (159km) east of Auckland.

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Visitor Reviews of this Waterfall:

Wentworth Falls: Access Update April 2010 October 31, 2010 8:10 pm by Alan Baldwin - My wife Joyce and I visited this waterfall on 7th April 2010. Do not be be deterred by Johnny's mention and pictures of stream crossings. The track has been upgraded since his visit. It is to DOC's walking path standard throughout. All stream crossings are either avoided or bridged. This was good as we are… ...Read More

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