Wairere Falls and the Kaimai Range, Waikato
We love an outdoor adventure so high on our list of things to do in New Zealand is walking (tramping) as a family. We have already found some great coastal walks, and were keen to also walk inland. Our first introduction to a bush walk was to climb the Kaimai Range to the amazing Wariere Falls.
Set in the bush and groves of the mountainous Kaimai range you will find a well signposted small carpark. Upon arrival at the carpark you get your first glimpse of the impressive falls, one of the biggest waterfalls on the North Island. The footpath leads you from the carpark into the dense shade of the groves. You are accompanied by the sounds of birdsong and surrounded by a rich plethora of fauna and flora. The path takes you across wooden bridges, up very well engineered steep steps and strategically placed stones, logs and natural roots.
It took Chaos approximately one hour to lead us to the first lookout platform for a spectacular view of the falls. It was a bit of a tough climb so we had a well deserved rest and picnic lunch. We will definitely return to attempt a further one hour climb up to the second lookout platform at the top of the falls. What an amazing sight.