Bridal Veil Falls Walk

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The Bridal Veil Falls walk is a short day walk close to Raglan.

It’ll take you around 20mins to get to the bottom and a bit longer on the way back up. It’s a great walk down the the Bridal Veil Waterfall, but a good 300 steps back up to the top again. The water plunges 55Mt down into soft sandstone.

How long is the Bridal Veil Falls walk?

It’s a 1.5 km return journey and takes 10 minutes to the first lookout at the top then a further 10 mins to descend to the bottom of the waterfall, depending on how fast you’re going and what your fitness level is like.

Can you swim in Bridal Veil Falls?

Rather disappointingly, no, you can’t swim at the base of the waterfall. The water quality is really bad and not good at all, best be safe and not swim here. 

Quick Facts about Bridal Veil Falls walk

  • Location: Raglan, North Island, New Zealand
  • Distance: 750 m to the lookout
  • Time needed: 20 minutes one way, full walk. 
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Wheelchair and Buggie Access: Yes –  to the top of the falls and the lookout
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 200m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: No
  • Last Updated: Jan 2022

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Point 1: Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan

For a weekend drive from Hamilton this is the place to go, the car park is small but sealed so no dirty shoes. For wheelchairs, you can go to the viewing platform or go to the bottom for a great view of the falls at the base. Walking back up to the car park is a challenge, I counted 300 steps, give or take a couple to climb but the strong handrail will help. On a very strong windy day take a raincoat with you if you are walking to the bottom of the falls, the drift from the falls is like rain.

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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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