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Address: Manaia Road, Egmont National Park 4391, New Zealand
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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The drive up along the native bushclad narrow road is all worth it. The visitors center is only open certain days so check before going. Once there, there are many walks close by... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

The drive up along the native bushclad narrow road is all worth it. The visitors center is only open certain days so check before going. Once there, there are many walks close by and the best for us was the walk to the falls which can be viewed from up top or negotiate the many steep steps to the bottom,... More 

Thank Eric D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015 via mobile

Easy and short walk to these awesome falls. After some rain there is a second fall. You can walk it as a 20 minute return or one hour round walk.

Thank Cornelius P
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

The Falls are gorgeous. Only a few minutes walk from the lodge but there are lots of other lovely walks around here as well. Be careful as the steps can be a bit slippery at times.

Thank Carmelle M
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2015

The falls were going strong after recent rains and were well worth the visit. With luck you will see views of Mt Taranaki too.

Thank qaatalia
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

Great walk to Wilkies Pool and Dawson Falls too. The visitor centre is not open all the time so might want to check what days it is if you want to get some souvenirs or maps. Cloudy all day so couldnt get any picture postcard photos of the mountain :( But what can you do. Waterfall was great and it... More 

Thank Kieran M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015

Easy drive to visitors centre, nice walk [partly steep] to the falls, nice scenery at the falls, really nasty toilets at the visitors centre [a little bit more cleaning would not harm at all] Overall Go there and have a look at the falls. You will not regret it.

Thank lister_yu
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

Under an overcast sky we drove up the narrow winding road to the car park, wide vehicles and camper vans need to be very careful. The walk is very pleasant and easy on one side of the stream, harder muddier on the other. Prams and push chairs were being used and the track is quite wide. At the head of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2015 via mobile

we had come to the falls after a recommendation from family in New Plymouth. Absolutely beautiful. from the moment you leave the farmland and drive through the forest to the almost etheric path down to the falls. Very inspiring.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015

Only a relatively small waterfall but the setting in natural bush is impressive. Be prepared to walk about 10-15 down a relatively steep road and a few hundred steps. Just remember you also need to walk back up these.

Thank Estaban57
Forster, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2014

Located on the south side of Mt Taranaki, Dawson Falls are another excellent New Zealand waterfall. The falls are accessed by driving to Stratford, turn right into Celia St/Opunake Rd, then turn right into Manaia Rd, and driving up the mountain to Dawson Falls Information centre. The falls walking track is located some 500 metres back down Manaia Road. The... More 

Thank Bruce E

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