Kaiate Falls (Te Rerekawau)
Kaiate Falls Road, Waitao
Kaiate Falls is a 30 minute drive from Tauranga. Sign-posted from Welcome Bay Road as “Kaiate Falls". Drive up Waitao Road and after about 4.9km turn left at Kaiate Falls Road. The scenic reserve containing the falls is a further 1km and a vehicle track leads to the car park.
About the walk
In a pretty, bush-filled ravine where the Kaiate Stream drops over ignimbrite bluffs, a series of cascades and waterfalls combine to create Kaiate (or Te Rerekawau) Falls.
The walking tracks are well formed, although quite steep in some places. The main track leads to the top, and then to the base of the upper series of falls before continuing downhill to the lower falls. Another track, just below the car park, follows the stream back to the road bridge. Track junctions are well sign-posted.
Please take note of all signage about water quality and safety.