Hey everyone. My name is Jack Burden and I’m a photographer who runs a stall at the Little Big Markets selling my photos from around NZ. There are so many beautiful spots to explore in the Bay of Plenty and surrounding areas so I thought I would narrow my Top 5 down to my favourite waterfalls to visit.

My Top 5

  1. Wairere Falls. 45 minutes drive from Tauranga is Wairere Falls. At 153 metres high, it is the tallest waterfall in the North Island. The return walk to the viewing platform at the base of the falls takes about an hour and a half. You will see some beautiful cascades on the walk as you cross a couple of bridges so definitely take a camera!
  2. Kaiate Falls. Another waterfall that’s only 30 minutes drive from Tauranga. The 3 tier waterfall is accessed by a 1 hour loop track through native bush. This one is a sweet picnic spot. 

  3. Owharoa Falls. Just off state highway 2, between Paeroa and Waihi is Owharoa Falls. A 30 second walk takes you to this impressive fan style waterfall. With plenty of walks to do in the area and a café close by, this one would make a good half day adventure.

  4. Wentworth Valley Falls, Whangamata. This hidden gem is accessed by a 1 hour 15 minute walk along the river through the Wentworth Valley forest. There is even a doc campsite at the start of the walk if you were keen to make a weekend of it. 

  5. Bridle Veil Falls, Raglan. A bit further away than the rest but an absolute must see and my personal favourite! The walking track follows the stream through native bush before the water suddenly plunges 55 metres to the pool below. With 3 platforms to view the falls from, you’re sure to get some amazing photos!