New Zealand Walks: Three water­fall walks in Bay of Plenty

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It was early Au­gust and a beau­ti­ful day for a walk, so we headed off to visit three lo­cal at­trac­tions in the Bay of Plenty Driv­ing to Te Puke, we turned into No 4 Road, where Ra­para­pa­hoe Falls are sign­posted on the left at a small carpark. The walk down through na­tive bush, is rea­son­ably steep with lots of steps and tree roots, but is very pretty. You can hear the falls al­most all the way. We reached Ra­para­pa­hoe Stream in 20 min­utes, and turn­ing left, walked be­side the stream for 10 min­utes to the falls. Al­though not very high they plunge into a beau­ti­ful big swim­ming hole, where lo­cals have tied a rope swing.

It took 35 min­utes to re­turn to the car, and we drove 10 min­utes to Po­plar Lane and Pa­pamoa Hills Scenic Re­serve.

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Right: Go­ing up Pa­pamoa Hills. Be­low: Com­ing back up the steps.

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