Chasing Waterfalls: Waihi Falls
The wonderful Emma has inspired this series. We will be heading to some of the beautiful waterfalls of New Zealand.
The first waterfall of the series is located 40 km from Dannevirke, near the Tararua District, Manawatu-Wanganui Region in the North Island. It is relatively easy to find. If you are using GPS just put in Waihi Falls Road and it will take you there! Otherwise, get yourself to Dannevirke then exit towards Weber Road. Then turn off on Oporae Road and follow the road for about 20 minutes.
Duration: 10-minute walk
Fitness Level: Beginner
Road: Mostly tar sealed & well signposted
Armed with our towels & Good Buzz Kombucha, we went through the gate and down the path on the right. The trail was quite slippery as it had been raining/drizzling on and off. There are some steep parts and high steps but overall a short, easy walk to the falls.
The falls were pretty spectacular! We popped our stuff on a tree trunk and got in. Experiencing it with no one else around was breathtaking. I swam to the bottom of the falls. There were slippery moss covered rocks, and some hidden underwater. I almost nailed my shins on the rocks so take note! Also, it wasn't a long or difficult swim, but the strong current is something to be aware of if you're not a confident swimmer.
Overall, a beautiful getaway from the city. It was incredibly peaceful and relaxing. I would recommend a visit to this unknown treasure.
To note: There is plenty of parking & a sheltered picnic area up in the car park.