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Haruru Waterfalls – Scenic Northland

North Island

Much photographed due to the perfect horseshoe curve of the waterfall. The short walk to the bottom of the falls has seating and is where most photographs are taken. The falls are well signposted with ample parking.

On the way to Kerikeri you will pass Haruru Falls. Haruru Falls are approximately five minutes drive from Pahia. The best views are from the walking track Haruru waterfalls to Waitangi Treaty grounds. You get to appreciate the power of the Waitangi River as it spills over the falls. Haruru Falls walking track follows the water as it ebbs towards the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and out into the bay. 


Haruru falls are five metres high and the thundering noise of the falls is reflected in the name. The name means a continuous noise or roar in the Maori language.

Haruru falls horseshoe curve @heather_udy
Haruru Falls @heather_udy
Haruru Falls Track, Bay of Islands @runaway.withme_
Haruru Falls Track, Bay of Islands @runaway.withme_

It is only a few steps to the main lookout point to a very large wooden viewing platform. Continue down the steps to the top of the falls and experience the might of the water with spray coating visitors as water drops 5 metres to the river below.



JOIN Coastal Kayakers on their Waterfall Tour that was designed for the more adventurous paddlers. This epic tour winds its way from the mouth of the Waitangi Inlet up to the base of the wondrous Haruru Waterfall, this unique horseshoe-shaped waterfall will dust you with a light spray of water while your guide takes your photo in front of the waterfall before returning.

Lush paddle from Paihia to Haruru @hun_on_a_hike
Lush paddle from Paihia to Haruru @hun_on_a_hike

The best time to photograph waterfalls in New Zealand is late winter through to early summer (September to December) when the winter rainfall guarantees plenty of water flow. Winter is also a good time to go waterfall chasing. New Zealand winter is chilly, layer up and enjoy the blasts of cooler air or drizzle. Nature isn’t complaining. 

Read more about North Island best 10 waterfalls to visit.


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