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…

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…

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls was one of the more picturesque waterfalls we had seen in the North Island. This particular waterfall was located near the surfing town of Raglan. What made the falls stand out…

Marokopa Falls

Marokopa Falls was Julie’s kind of waterfall as it featured a satisfyingly classic block shape with a reported height of 30-35m. For us it was a no-brainer to make the extra drive west of the…

Tongariro Crossing Waterfalls

The Tongariro Crossing Waterfalls page was my waterfalling excuse to talk about the unforgettable hike between three active volcanos in a moonscape that was said to be the finest day tramp…

Mt Damper Falls

Mt Damper Falls (or Mount Damper Falls if we spell it out) was a waterfall that Julie and I only became aware of when we were flipping through one of the tourist brochures we had obtained from an…

Dawson Falls

Dawson Falls was our convenient waterfalling excuse to explore more of the conical Mt Tarnaki – the centerpiece of Egmont National Park. The funny thing about this classically-shaped volcano was…

Raukawa Falls

Raukawa Falls was an attractively wide waterfall that Julie and I saw from afar. As you can see from the photo at the top of this page, we couldn’t get a closer look at it, which was a shame…

Mahuia Rapids, Toakakura Falls, Matariki Falls

Mahuia Rapids was really an accidental find as we were actually looking for Matariki Falls and Toakakura Falls, which happened to be obscure labels on a map of the Tongariro National Park area in…

Tawhai Falls

Tawhai Falls (pronounced “TAW-fai”) was a waterfall that we pursued after noticing a sign for the Tawhai Stream that was right off the road on our way to Whakapapa Village, where we were staying…

Taranaki Falls

Taranaki Falls was a waterfall that I took time to do solo under some inclement weather that ultimately gave way to clearing skies just as started to reach the beautiful waterfall over an ancient…

Mangawhero Falls

Mangawhero Falls was a waterfall that Julie and I were made aware of during our pre-trip planning to New Zealand when we were watching some of the DVD extras in the The Lord of the Rings…

Waitonga Falls

Waitonga Falls was a waterfall that attracted attention to Julie and I during our pre-trip planning when we learned that it was said to be the tallest waterfall in Tongariro National Park…