Maraetotara Falls
Maraetotara Falls
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Christopher S
Dundee, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Really good place with easy access and good parking facilities Waterfall is good and pool at base GREAT for swimming
There is possibility to jump in to pool from height of waterfall BUT ...WITH CARE CHECK OUT LANDING AREA IN POOL FOR SAFETY FIRST AS DEBRIS CAN ACCUMULATE
Written 5 February 2024
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JohnDeereQueen
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Definitely worth a look. I imagine in summertime this would be a lovely swimming spot. The track to the waterfall was easy to walk on and it is a pretty spot for photos.
Written 14 September 2021
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howmanyroads19
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
A short, easy walk to a lovely waterfall. Lots of people were enjoying the water and jumping off the falls. It is definitely worth a stop. The path is not difficult but is uneven and would not be suitable for prams, wheelchairs etc.
Written 21 December 2020
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Stuart T
Christchurch, New Zealand21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Decided to pop out to see these falls. It’s about a 10 minute drive to get the the parking spot.

Now on the parking spot. When we googled the falls we were thinking there would be signage and designated spaces. There isn’t. If you are driving up the hill to get there keep an eye out on the right hand side of the road for a small toilet like building (it is a toilet) and there are parking spaces there.

There is no sign telling you this is the spot for the falls so park and head down the track. You do downhill for about 1 minute and can then turn left or right. Go left and keep walking. It talks probably 5 mins (if that) to walk there. It’s an easy walk and well worth it.

The falls are really nice. They are not huge, I suspect falling 10 to 15 metres but a lot of water coming over and there is a large pool at the bottom. We were there in winter so did not swim, but I imagine in summer it would be a great place for a dip. When we arrive there were some people drying off their dogs so they clearly thought the pools were great.

If you are looking for more of a walk you can move away from the falls back to the junction I mentioned and walk further down hill following the stream.

To get here you have to pass Black Barn, Te Mata and Craggy Range vineyards so all the exercise probably deserves a treat afterwards

A good spot and well worth a visit
Written 7 September 2020
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smg38
Christchurch, New Zealand166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Great spot- an easy 5 mins walk from the road. Hard to find as no signs.... ended up stopping where one other car was parked and they pointed us in the right direction.
Written 7 September 2020
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Greg T
Gisborne Region, New Zealand235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Maraetotara Falls, are a hidden gem,out Havelock North way.
A short stroll, along the track, you can hear the water. Worth a discover.Totara tree growing in the rock is an awesome sight.
Written 17 June 2020
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d0nna101
Nelson, New Zealand3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Amazing waterfall, easy drive, caution needed on track down if very young or older but worth it, very pieceful place. It does need signage as apparently there is a longer track around but as i didnt know the distance or time we couldnt do
Written 7 March 2020
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Anna G
Florence, Italy49 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Once we got there we could see people like to come here. However being used to the high standards in which all public places are kept in NZ I was disappointed by the litter, and the lack of any safety measure such as railing.
I don't believe it is suitable for families with young children.
Written 17 February 2020
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NickyP54
Bargara, Australia1,372 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Why oh why has this beautiful spot been allowed to be spoilt with so much discarded rubbish, from food wrappings and empty bottles to old togs and clothes? The contrast between this and the pristine watercourse which flows from the abandoned hydro electric scheme dam is stark in the extreme. There are several small roadside parks which all lead down via a series of paths (not suitable for the elderly) which interconnect near the stream bed and lead to a deep plunge pool beneath the dam. A group of young Maori lads were having a fantastic time diving from the rocky dam ledge and rope swinging into the deepest sections. If you fancy a less hair raising experience, try a swim, where it's a good idea to wear reef shoes. I hope that particular bunch of lads took all their waste and belongings with them and either the Council and/or DoC look to take up the reigns of managing the environment of this treasure a little better.
Written 9 February 2020
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68skp70
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This place is easy to get to off the Waimarama Rd turnoff before Ocean Beach if headed to the beach. 2 minute drive off the main road. There are three parking areas and three tracks to the falls. The middle track by the portaloo is the easiest grade and can be walked in jandals. Easy to get into the waterfall pool and swim around. The rope swing is safe for jumping into the water. You can also get to the top of the falls.
Written 30 January 2020
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