Wairere Falls v4a2I**

Public access situation uncertain

There are reports that local authorities have/are attempting to prohibit canyoning at this location. The NZ Canyoning Association is investigating the situation and will update us when more information is available.

Highest drop 58m (three pitches on a 153m waterfall!)

Public access


Wairere falls is the highest waterfall in the north island officially measuring in at 153m. The descent is spectacular and exposed with great views out over native bush and the nearby Waikato countryside. Due to the exposed nature of the falls, strong wind can make life difficult.

Topo by Shanan Fraser. Photos by Shanan Fraser and Pete Smith.

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  1. Krys Mucznik says:

    This is now not allowed, I’ve been approached by a dock ranger that the local iwe dont want people going down

    • Date: 11/3/2022
    • Water level: normal
    • Anchor conditions: next group needs to do repair/replacement
  2. Shanan Fraser says:

    New Double Ring Bolt anchor for safety line to access R1.
    R1, R2 & R3 anchors are all now stainless steel anchor stations
    R1 & R2 anchor locations have moved slightly but shouldn’t affect your descent as long as you keep your eyes open
    R3 has a new Anchor Location approx 5m TR of the main flow. THE PITCH IS NOW 10M LONGER
    All bolts are Glued in 10mm x 100mm threaded rod

    See updated Topo for details

    • Date: 27 May 21
    • Water level: normal
    • Anchor conditions: we did some repairs
    • Group size: 2
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins): 8

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