Three waterfall walks in Bay of Plenty
There is a large carpark here with display boards giving infomation on the various walking tracks and points of interest that can be found in this area.
There are seven Pa sites within the reserve where terracing can be seen. Huge pine trees have recently been cut, taking away some shelter, but it is even nicer to walk the new track, because there are coastal views all the way up to the trig at 224 meters.
Over 50,000 native plants have been planted here in recent years adding to
the attraction. After sitting enjoying the view we returned on a loop track over farmland, giving awesome views over Papamoa and Mt Maun ganui.
Back at the carpark at 1.00pm we drove another 15 minutes, up Welcome Bay Road, to Waitao Road, where clear signs show the way to Kaiate Falls. These are some of the prettiest falls you will ever find.
The trail starts beside the top of the falls, and leads down a series of steps –quite steep in parts – to the base of the third drop. These three falls, cascading down a narrow canyon, are just stunning, and a perfect photo spot.
The trail then continues over a little bridge and down more steps to a lower fall plunging into a round bowl. It’s often quite chilly down here, but local kids still leap off the cliff face to the plunge pool below.
The return walk is a loop, continuing down beside the stream, then over another bridge, before tackling lots of steps back up to the carpark.
It’s an incredibly beautiful walk – about an hour return.
So – an awesome day. three walks, all different, all very pretty and all in our own backyard. I would highly recommend it if you’re in the Bay.
Above left: The top falls at Kaiate. Above right: Admiring the Kaiate Falls. Middle left: The bridge below the falls. Below left: At the top beside the trig. Below right: The swimming hole at Raparapahoe Falls.
Above right: Below the Kaiate Falls. Middle right: The lower falls.