Okere Falls Track
Okere Falls Track
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evenstar944
New York City, NY304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is the best FREE activity I have done in the Rotorua area. A easy well-marked relatively short bushwalk with scenic view points over the Okere river and Tutea waterfall. If you are lucky with you might catch one of the many rafting trips make their way down this waterfall, which is supposedly the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. Along the walk there is a section that narrows along a cliff edge that leads up to some small caves to explore. There is also a trout pool where you may get a chance to spot some of these fish. Historically, this was an area with a hydroelectric power station. There are some remains of this such as an old turbine which you can see on the track. The track is about a 30 minute drive from the main city of Rotorua and well worth time it takes to get there. I would rank it as my favorite short bushwalk in the North Island.
Written July 4, 2024
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Paul B
Chesterfield, UK1,646 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Recommend this as from the main car park you have easy walking the th falls. One viewing area is 1 min walk the other including some steep steps is about 10 minutes walk. If you are lucky you will see white water rafters . The falls are definitely worth a look
Written March 7, 2020
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Jeff1903
King's Lynn, UK1,478 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We took the recommended loop which is around two Km in total with diversions to see the cave and pool, It was a pleasant stroll through the forest, though there was a fair bit of up and down, some with steps.
You can head up the valley and park by the Trout Pool to see the top end if you dont want to walk all the way.
It is not Niagara, but in its own way, quite impressive and worth the effort on a nice day.
You may see the white water rafters on your walk. More likely you will hear them screaming.
Written March 5, 2020
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RachaelR17
Wellington, New Zealand258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
A great little walk through beautiful forest. The main walk to Okere falls is about 15 mins and if you're lucky you'll spot kayakers or white water rafters coming down the famous waterfall. Further on up another 20 minutes or so is the end of the track, so you could do a return walk in just under an hour. Terrain is really flat so a nice easy stroll to stretch your legs.
Written January 1, 2021
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jofergus
Napier, New Zealand23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Beautiful piece of paradise. Takes about 1 hour round trip, there are two options to make the walk shorter. Any fitness level could do this, walking along side the river you may see people white water rafting down the waterfalls.
Written September 16, 2020
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April N
Christchurch, New Zealand921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We did the entire walk and while I found the walk from the upper carpark through to the lower carpark easy enough I struggled with the ridge track taking us back around to the upper carpark. I have bad knees and am not overly fit, but I did complete the full track. Keep in mind it was a nice day and took us 30mins. The ridge track would be very difficult in wet conditions.
Written April 21, 2021
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wucie
Bern, Switzerland477 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Kaituna River is used quite extensively by kayakers and rafting companies, but hikers can enjoy it too. The hike and river are located just off Highway 33 right after the Okere Falls Store.

It’s an easy, short (30 min/1.2 km one way) hike along a well maintained bush track bordering the river, with several scenic lookouts and informative panels on the area’s nature and human history. You can park at either end of the track. If at the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve end, then check out the steps leading down to the thundering water (steep and slippery when wet) and location of the old hydroelectric power station (4th in NZ, built in 1899 but already obsolete by the 1930s). You can still see one of the old turbines on display at the start of the trail where there’s also an impressive toilet block.

Half way down, not accessible by road are the Tutea Falls and Hinemoa’s Steps (named after a local Maori woman) cut into the bank in 1907 which descend to the Tutea Caves and eponymous falls (contain cave weta apparently).

At the tail end of the track is another parking which seemed popular with camper vans as it comes with views over fields, a toilet and the lovely Trout Pool, refreshing on a hot day (numerous people were swimming). The falls are also impressive and mark the rafting take-out.

Tip: Trout Pool is a great place to spent a warm summer’s evening/night in a camper because it comes with views, a toilet and refreshing swimming pools.
Written March 14, 2020
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Stopticklingmeplease
Whanganui, New Zealand173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The walk itself is lovely but the falls themselves were a bit underwhelming. I was seriously thinking that we were in the wrong place. It really doesn’t look that impressive but maybe the water level was a bit low?
Well maintained track and steps but the falls... meh!
Written January 9, 2021
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Boatiesculler
Auckland Central, New Zealand85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Super short walk in the rain. Well marked track and awesome river views

We watched kayakers racing the falls which was fun.

Returned via ridge track which was steeper and ran through lovely bush. Had lunch by a seat with a view.
Recommend
Written May 9, 2021
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Carolina G
Sydney, Australia98 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
The full track can be done in 1:30.
It's a nice track, well signed as everything in NZ
Free parking
If you wish to do the shorter tracks, you can then go back to the carpark and drive another +\- 5 minutes to the other carpark to see the other part of the park (which you can also get to by doing the longest track)
However, I would call it Okere rapids :)
Written September 22, 2017
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