43. Follow the trail to the mighty Kaiate Falls
When it comes to unadulterated outdoors and authentic wildlife experiences, New Zealand over delivers: here is No. 43 of our 101 Reasons To Stop Dreaming About New Zealand And Go.
The mighty Kaiate Falls is hidden within Te Rerekawau Scenic Reserve just 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty/Te Moananui Ā Toi region. The reserve is threaded with well-formed tracks through lush native forest, one of which leads to the top of the falls from where a great gush of water drops over rocky bluffs in a series of nine cascades. The trail then descends through the ravine, eventually reaching the lower falls. There are some impressive trees to be seen along the way, while above the main car park is a picnic area offering fantastic views out over Mt Maunganui/Mauao and Tauranga port.