The Massey Cosseys Track is a 9k medium walk that will take you around 3 hours to complete. Hunua Falls are a short walk from the carpark.

Massey Cosseys track is in the Hunua Ranges just out of Auckland. The Hunua Ranges is around 14,000 hectares of native forest and an hour from Auckland.

If you’re looking for a waterfall that’s close to Auckland, Hunua Falls is a great option. You can get to the falls via a short walk from the carpark – and it’s well worth the effort, as the waterfall is pretty impressive.

On a hot day, there’s no better way to cool off than by taking a plunge into the pool at the bottom of the falls. So pack your swimsuit and hiking boots, and head on over to Hunua Falls for an afternoon of fun.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: North Island NZ
  • Distance: 9 kms
  • Time needed: 3 Hours
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: One Way
  • Elevation: 399m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: November, 2019

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Points of interest along the walk​

Point 1: Hunua Falls Car Park

Plenty of car parking at the end of the road. The toilets were very clean. A great place for a picnic and a swim at the falls.

Summer is a great time for picnics and swimming, and Hunua Falls provides the perfect spot for both. The falls are located a short walk from the car park. There’s plenty of room to spread out a blanket and enjoy a tasty picnic lunch, and if you’re feeling adventurous you can even take a swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls. Facilities are basic but adequate, so make sure you pack everything you need for a fun day out. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon in nature or some excitement swimming in natural waterfalls, Hunua Falls is well worth a visit.

Point 2: Massey Cosseys Track

Cosseys Dam 2 Ks – 45 min. There are no signs to be seen until you cross the bridge. Once you are across the bridge, turn left to walk up to the dam, or right to the water falls. The walkway is a good width and has a thin layer of gravel on top. 10 min into the walk, on the right, is a very steep stagger up the Massey track. Avoid this track. Carry on down into a creek and out. Be prepared to do a lot of step aerobics before the next turn off to the left which runs up to the Cosseys access Rd.

From then on to the dam is level walking up to the car park just a 5 min walk to the dam on sealed road. Good toilets, tables and chairs to sit on for your lunch. With a pleasant view of the dam.

To Massey turnoff – 1.7 Ks – 45 min. Keep to the left and walk along the dam wall. Just before the road up to the caretakers house, turn left for the track
Wairoa, Cosseys track. A good track, again gravel with a few little up hills. With a few steps thrown in for good luck to toughen up the legs. There is a look out on the left, with a view of the lake.

Back to Car park via Massey Track – 2.4 ks – 1 Hour. The Massey track is well gravelled and wide, mostly down hill all the way, but at a good gradient.

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