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Shine waterfalls

Shine Falls on the North Island Shine Falls on the North Island

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.

Shine waterfalls location

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


Department of Conservation guidelines are 1 ½ hours (one way), Length 4.4 km.

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. Kakabeak grows on the cliffs with the surrounding forest made up of kanuka, kawakawa, kowhai and titoki. 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. source: Boundary stream walks, Hawke’s Bay.



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