Monday, 30 January 2012

Waipunga Falls

I had decided that on the way to Tauranga I would stop and have a look at the Waipunga Falls on the Napier to Taupo State Highway 5 North of Tarawera.

In the past when I've stopped there has been little water in the river and the falls have been anything but spectacular.   On Saturday there was plenty of water and the 40 metre three column waterfall was giving a good show.

The Waipunga River on which the falls are is a tributary of the Mohaka River, It runs roughly 50 km from its source near the eastern edge of the North Island Volcanic Plateau to its junction with the Mohaka, of which some 15 km follow alongside the Napier-Taupo highway.


  1. That first view is really impressive!

  2. Both the Rosella and the waterfall are so exotic to my European eyes - and beautiful! Thank you for posting these.

  3. Gosh I see what people mean about New Zealand scenery. It looks amazing. And empty.

  4. The first image is wonderful!

  5. Thank you all. And yes, Jenny, it is wonderful and it is largely empty. About the same size as Britain it has a population of 4.5 million of whom 1.5 m live in Auckland.

  6. Just found your blog whilst researching Waipunga Falls. What a lovely life you have. We found these Falls whilst touring New Zealand and Australia in 2009/2010 and were lucky enough to find plenty of water. Whilst I heartily dislike graffiti I found someone had sprayed my initials onto a rock at the front of the viewing area.
    Like yourself we are pushing 70, and I love your quote about life is not a dawdle to the grave :-). We will be back in New Zealand in early 2013 to travel more of this amazing country as well as the Art Deco Festival in Napier.

    1. Good to see you here on the blog. As you may have gathered I'm actually in Scotland at the moment. I haven't missed an Art Deco Weekend for 6 years. Wonderful event. You have my email address if you want to meet up when you are in Napier.