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Ananui Falls Walk

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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

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 5 km one way – 10k round trip
        • Time needed: 2 hours 30 mins to Ananui Falls one way
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 243m
        • Wet Feet: Yes – two creek crossings
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    On top of the main ridge you will walk through dozens of young Kauri trees, around 60 years old. But the main highlight is the Ananui Falls

  • Track Quality

    There are two good creek crossings. In the summertime you can rock hop.

  • Hazards

    Ananui Falls is around 106m high. Walking to the very edge of the falls can be dangerous after a drop of rain, very slippery.

  • Transport

    You will need a car to get there.

  • Water

    No problems with good fresh mountain drinking water

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Katikati is the nearest town, 10Km

  • Area & Track History


  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Ananui Falls Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

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.

Point 1: Start – Woodland Road Car Park

Just a short 10 km drive from Katikati to the roads end. Just watch out for Mr farmer brown and his dog.

Point 2: Ananui Waitawheta Hut

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.

Point 3: Ananui Waitawheta Junction

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.

Point 4: Ananui Falls

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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