Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls was a waterfall in the Waitakere Ranges that I deferred from our November-December 2004 trip to New Zealand as we had run out of time. So when we came back to New Zealand in…

Waiau Falls

Waiau Falls was a small (maybe 5-10m) but picturesque waterfall with a plunge pool that seemed to attract quite a few people here during our warm, sunny day visit to Whitianga in January…

Owharoa Falls

Owharoa Falls was an attractive waterfall that had quite a bit of what Julie likes to say “character” to it. Not only did this waterfall possess a fair-sized drop at around 10-15m or so, but it…

Omaru Falls

Omaru Falls was a waterfall that snuck up on us. It all started during our first visit to New Zealand in November 2004 when we were driving from Whakapapa Village to Hamilton along the SH4…

Curtis Falls

Curtis Falls was a diminutive waterfall (we’re guessing it’s about 5-8m tall) that Julie and I had some extra time to explore while we were spending a couple nights in New Plymouth. We had a…

Waihi Falls

Waihi Falls seemed to be a relatively little known waterfall and perhaps the southernmost of the North Island waterfalls that we had visited. In fact, this waterfall was so obscure that even a DOC…

Wainui Falls

Wainui Falls was perhaps the most accessible waterfall that we were aware of in the Tasman Region. It was for this reason that we targeted this waterfall for a visit while we were staying…

Ohau Falls

Ohau Falls was a thin but pretty waterfall that turned out to be quite the popular spot when we made a visit here in early January 2010. We had been told that New Zealand fur seals would sometimes…

Maruia Falls

Maruia Falls was one of the few wide river waterfalls that we were able to experience somewhat closely from its bottom. The other waterfall that came to mind in this category was Raukawa Falls…

Mangatini Falls

Mangatini Falls was definitely our favourite waterfall of the ones that we didn’t get to see on our first trip to New Zealand in 2004 but we were able to see on our second go in 2009-2010. While…

Fox Glacier Waterfalls

The Fox Glacier Waterfalls were the series of waterfalls that Julie and I encountered when we finally had a chance to visit this glacial counterpart to the more famous Franz Josef Glacier in…

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls was a waterfall that I really was torn about visiting because I knew that it was pretty far into the Hollyford Track (at least far enough to make me question whether we should do it…

Wakefield Falls

Wakefield Falls was perhaps the most prominent of all the named waterfalls that we were aware of in the vicinity of the great Mt Cook (Aoraki was its Maori name). Indeed, this waterfall…

Acland Falls

Acland Falls was the first of three waterfalls that Julie and I visited in the peaceful and ancient Peel Forest (Tarahaoa). Perhaps the main reason why Julie and I found so much peace in this…

Emily Falls

Emily Falls was another of the three main waterfalls that we knew were resident in the Peel Forest. This particular waterfall required a little bit more work to reach than Acland Falls, which we…

Ryde Falls

Ryde Falls was probably the closest waterfall to Christchurch that Julie and I encountered though even then it still required about a 90-minute drive from the South Island’s largest city. So it was…

Kitekite Falls

Kitekite Falls (the original native Maori name was said to be “Ketekete”) was in our minds the most scenic waterfall in the Waitakere Ranges (pronounced “wai-TAH-kur-ay”). In my first visit to…

Karekare Falls

Karekare Falls (pronounced just like the town Kerikeri in Northland) was an attractive waterfall that I made a detour for after visiting Kitekite Falls back in December 2004. The height of this…

Hunua Falls

Hunua Falls was the last waterfall we visited on each of our two trips to New Zealand in November-December 2004 and in December-January 2010. I don’t know why it has worked out that way, but it…

McLean Falls

McLean Falls was one probably either our favourite or second-most favourite waterfall in the Catlins Forest Park or Southern Scenic Drive (the other waterfall was Purakaunui Falls)…