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Pacific Coast Highway road trip: Gisborne to Napier

Shine Waterfalls

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Waterfall buffs will have Shine Falls on their bucket list. The horsetail waterfall drops 58 metres.Getting to the falls is a detour with the last 7 km on a gravel road. The track is well maintained and passes through farmland, lowland regenerating forest and finishes at towering sandstone cliffs. There are uphill sections and bridged stream crossings. Low-land forest includes kanuka, kawakawa, kowhai and titoki.


Signposted ‘Shine Falls’ on State Highway 2, turnoff Matahorua Road

Shine Falls


Department of Conservation describes walk,

Heays Access Road to Shine Falls Track

Time: 1 hr 30 min return, Distance: 4.4 km return

This popular track, suitable for children, wanders through farmland, past castle-like limestone formations and into mixed lowland forest before emerging at the base of the stunning Shine Falls – the highest waterfall in Hawke’s Bay at 58 m.Kākābeak grow on the cliffs with the surrounding forest made up of kānuka, kawakawa, kōwhai and tītoki.

Pack a picnic lunch and look for tuna/eels living in the stream at the base of the falls. There are no toilets at the carpark or on the walk. Boundary stream walks, Hawkes Bay

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