Over­seas Walks: Walk­ing to wa­ter­falls, wa­ter falls and more wa­ter­falls

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Ju­dith Doyle

Tahiti and its neigh­bour­ing is­land of Moorea have moun­tains, sheer cliffs and tropical rain­fall - per­fect recipe for wa­ter­falls.

You might see a trickle splayed out against the rocks. Or mar­vel at a high ma­jes­tic fall, pow­er­ing down into a pool. Of­ten it’s a gen­er­ous gush froth­ing over boul­ders or just a skinny sliver of wa­ter trick­ling down a cliff.

Walk up any river and you’ll find a wa­ter­fall. Or two. Or three. But the veg­e­ta­tion is dense, tracks are not well-formed, there’s vir­tu­ally no sig­nage. So you’re ad­vised to take a guide.

Which is why we’re with Yvette – small, dy­namic and colour­ful in her or­ange pareo. With Poly­ne­sian, Chi­nese and French back­ground, Yvette es­tab­lished her guid­ing com­pany two years ago af­ter study­ing tourism in the south of France and then work­ing in the restau­rant and ho­tel in­dus­try back in French Poly­ne­sia.

She runs her com­pany with gusto –

Above: Look­ing down from the Belvedere Look­out with Opunohu Bay to the left and Cooks Bay on the right with Mount Ro­tui in the mid­dle. Left: We climb a stone stair­case.

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