The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Sights

Kaiate Falls (Te Rerekawau)

  • Kaiate Falls Rd.
  • Tauranga
  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

The falls are a little off-the-beaten-track but worth the trip, driving past kiwifruit orchards, farms, and forest. About 15 minutes southeast of Tauranga, just off Welcome Bay Road, the Kaiate Stream drops over bluffs in a series of waterfalls and rocky lagoons, culminating in a deep green lagoon flanked by moss- and fern-fringed cliffs. A 20- to 30-minute loop trail takes you down to the main lagoon and through lush greenery. The falls' summit (and the parking lot) affords views over Tauranga and the coast. To get there, turn off Welcome Bay Road onto Waitao Road, after a few kilometers turn onto Kaiate Falls Road, after 1 km (½ mile) turn into the Kaiate Falls Scenic Reserve parking lot. The track is clearly signposted from here.

Sight Information


Kaiate Falls Rd., Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, 3175, New Zealand



Published 08/30/2016


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