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“Not that impressive by New Zealand standards” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Haruru Falls

Haruru Falls
Waitangi River, Paihia, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 6 Attractions in Paihia
Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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“Not that impressive by New Zealand standards”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

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.

Visited December 2012
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“Horseshoe Shape”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We took a detour to see this fall, unfortunately it had not been raining much so the cascades were not as spectacular but nevertheless still worth going to see it.

Visited January 2013
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“Great walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Overall a very nuce walk and also a great walk back to the waterfalls aernt the best in the world but worth the walk and once again we meet so many nice people

Visited January 2013
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“Waterfalls everywhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

A pretty little spot just 5 munutes drive from Paihia. There are 3 quality falls with 10km - Haruru, Rainbow falls near Kerikeri and, my pick, the falls located 15 minutes walk up the creek from the Kerikeri stone house and basin- a photographers delight.

Visited January 2013
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“Average at best”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Little to see or do. Very average. Just a little watefall in a little river. There was an odd smell in the air and it could have been the water treatment plant across the road.

Visited January 2013
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