Karekare Falls
Karekare Falls
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Patricia C
Houston, TX115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Karekare is less than a 5 minute hike from the trailhead to the watefalls and absolutely beautiful. The parking lot is small and loacted ACROSS the road from the trail. You will have to take a few minutes to look around and locate it - across the road and uphill. There you will find a DOC sign telling you that it is Karekare Falls. The trail itself is easy and clear to follow. And the reward is this stupendous waterfall! We took our lunch and had a picnic while enjoying the waterfall all by ourselves. Though the parking lot was full, many folks didn't look across the road for the trailhead! We saw many waterfalls in NZ, but this was one of the easiest hikes to find a great waterfall. Caution: clean your shoes, etc., as this is an area rangers are trying to protect from kauri dieback disease. Be respectful and pack out your trash. This waterfall was pristine. Please leave it that way for future visitors!
Written 4 January 2023
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Experience818194
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Nice place. The water fall and Opal pool are great. The narrow roads however are an absolute nightmare when lots of cars are parked on the sides of the road due to not enough proper parking. You can literally find yourself at an impasse. I found myself face to face with a ‘resident’ who was the biggest rude, moron, idiot I’ve ever met. I wouldn’t wish that encounter on anyone. I do find it funny that he has to experience that phenomenally bad traffic congestion every weekend when he needs to go somewhere though. Apart from the traffic issues and that ridiculous man and unfortunate experience it’s a great place to visit. Hope you don’t run into the resident clown.
Written 6 November 2021
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Jonathan T
Howick, New Zealand134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
It had not been raining in Auckland for weeks so we thought there might not be a waterfall. Fortunately we were wrong. There was still a great waterfall.

We initially parked in the first large car park and tried to walk out to the beach. (I’d recommend including that in your visit). If you do walk out to the beach, make sure you are on the southern side of the little stream that runs out to the ocean. Otherwise you’ll need to take your shoes off to cross the stream.

After a walk to the beach we walked back through the car park and crossed the bridge and up the hill to the waterfall. It’s not far up the road on the left hand side. The walk is max 5 min.

Definitely take a swim when you get there. It might be a bit chilly but worth it. The water is deep enough and clear.
Written 13 March 2020
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AhausFamily
Grapevine, TX9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Just a short walk from the parking lot at the beach. There is a smaller falls first and then you get to the big Karekare Falls. The height is impressive!
Written 14 February 2020
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Mr C
3,952 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Karekare Falls are a 5 minutes walk from Karekare car park. The walk is through rainforest and the falls are a pleasant spot.
Written 14 January 2020
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buffykc
Mooroolbark, Australia602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Easy walk down the track takes you to a rewarding and stunning view of a beautiful falls.

Very peaceful place
Written 23 October 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Oh yeah, a waterfall pouring upon the heads of the faithful (with exceptional cold water tolerance) ... this is a place of beauty. It connected with us; New Zealand pulled out all ths stops when this marvelous location/creation took on life as God's little pond.

Oh my, tickle me blue, or pink, or whatever ... this will live in those brain cells of mine for near eternity. Can I come back? Soon? You betcha, this is one of those places that captured us and held us close to that spiritual bosom of nature's most significant deity. Ah, if only ... okay, this is on the return agenda. Enough said.

Our wine country tour included a near-spiritual (it's all in the eyes of the beholder, after all) one-on-one encounter with the beauty of New Zealand. This is one grand "colony of the Crown." Lucky you, Queen Elizabeth!
Written 17 March 2019
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TravelManWales09
Ilfracombe, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
Very scenic and beautiful falls if you like this kind of thing. 100% worthy of a short drive from Auckland as you obviously won’t find something like this in the city!! Small walk to get there but it’s worth it!!
There’s also small pools at the top of the falls that you can sit in and take in the view overlooking the falls, whilst the water flows over the edge. Very beautiful and great photo opportunities.
Written 19 January 2019
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Paul Scants
Auckland, New Zealand20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
Nice little waterfall with very easy access from the beach car park, small pool to swim in on a nice day. If you are here visiting the beach it's worth the short walk.
Written 7 January 2019
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msnakim
Singapore2,560 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
This is not a waterfall that I would travel 45min out of Auckland to see. But if you are visiting Karekare Beach or Piha Beach, then you might as well see the falls too.

The main carpark is at 2 Karekare road. From here, turn right and walk towards Zion Hill Track (as marked on Google maps). The falls is a little further up.
Written 25 December 2018
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