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

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Worth the Descent

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2014
Bruce E
Forster, Australia
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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 

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Marton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2014

Beautiful day so we detoured to Dawson Falls on our way south from New Plymouth to home - not difficult to find, well signposted. The last 6 km is on a narrow sealed mountain road but room for passing traffic - we met a bus coming in the opposite direction and although I was a bit nervous, it went past... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2014

Only spent an hour here, but wish it could have been longer! Will definitely be back and spend more time in the National Park. Easy walking but beatific scenery and lots of walks.

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Maungaturoto, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2014 via mobile

we love being outdoors and this trip was worth it. the had been wet all week and the mountain still covered in cloud all made for a grwat trip. the DOC lady wad helpful and worth talking too at the start. we will be back to do some of the tracks in summer after the rest of the ice and... More 

Thank abseilor
Cleveland, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

The drive up to the falls is interesting. It is one lane with thick bush on either side. The visitor center was closed the day we were there but the trails were well marked. The power station is five minutes from the visitor center and the falls view point ten minutes. The power generator is the oldest in continuos operation... More 

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

The falls themselves are nice but the path down is quite steep and muddy from the nights rain/snow. But the drive up to the falls is on a tree covered one lane road up to a resort. It's only about 5 minutes to get up there and is wonderful with the sun shinning through the leaves.

Thank ladyjanedoe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

Saw through misty rain but still well worth the walk, which was in itself very enjoyable - lots of native bush and we were the only two people on the track.

Thank flyingfeetWellington
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

We had three kids and four adults and everyone loved these waterfalls. There is only a short walk from the road but there are a lot of stairs. The forest is lush and cool and the waterfall itself was very beautiful with the pool at the bottom very inviting. If you have mobility problems, this is not the walk for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

a easy walk to, with a set of steep(ish) steeps to get you down to the bottom, this waterfall is a must if you are in the area. Best after rain and early in the morning, (otherwise expect not to be alone, and this is a place to be alone in)!

Thank majnz
Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

Spectacular drive in through the bush on a narrow one lane road. Luckily we only met two cars, so try to go when there aren't many people about. The walk itself was very nice, be sure to go down to the base of the falls. Boots are the best footwear as the track is uneven and can be slippery. Shortly... More 

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