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.
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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