The Haruru Falls are where the Waitangi River drops over a basalt lava flow. Actually not the best waterfalls in New Zealand but gave us a nice view from our nearby campsite. Not much water cascading over the horseshoe-shaped falls on our first day but slightly more spectacular the next day following heavy, prolonged rain. There is a two-hour+ walk to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds from the falls, along the riverside and through the Hutia Creek Mangrove Forest via the boardwalk, which is really more enjoyable than viewing the falls themselves. Guided kayak trips and traditional Maori rowing boats go up the estuary and among the mangroves at high tide en route to the falls. The river is tidal up to the falls so is best viewed at high tide, as are the mangroves.
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