Ananui Falls walk is a medium grade 5k walk that will take you around 2.5 hours one way to reach the waterfall. Stand on the edge of the Ananui Falls and look right over, wow. Be prepared for wet feet, you’ll have to cross two creeks, in the summer you can rock hop if you’re lucky. The walk is mostly through typical North Island bush with lovely Kauri trees and ferns lining the track, excellent for keeping the sun off you.
Unfortunately, the Ananui Falls walks is closed to prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
Just a short 10 km drive from Katikati to the roads end. Just watch out for Mr farmer brown and his dog.
The walk up the Waitawheta stream is an enjoyable walk under the cover of the bush. Six minutes into the walk is the swing bridge, great no wet feet so far, we were wrong. In one hour we came to where the old hut was many years ago. This is a good spot to camp, flat and plenty of water, not a lot of firewood. The next creek crossing is three minutes away.
Now you have two creek crossings and a thirty-minute walk to the junction. You will see the sign where you cross the Waitawheta river, carry on up the valley.
Now the holiday ends, just a 150m climb to the next turn off. The first twenty minutes is the hardest. But you can catch glimpses of the falls at the end of the short climb. As you walk through small stands of Kauri trees, at the end of your climb, go very quietly you could run into a deer or two. Then turn off to the right and walk the 75m to the Ananui Falls. The last 10m can be very dangerous if wet.
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