The William Wright Falls Walk

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Take a look at Waihi,Orokawa Bay First.
Then you walk onto The William wright Falls

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 3.50 kms
        • Time needed: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 10m
        • Wet Feet: Yes
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Orokawa Bay surrounding area is designated a scenic reserve and comprises of 145 hectares of native bush, which includes Pohutukawa kauri, puriri trees and the always abundant Nikau palms.
    Orokawa Bay is one of NZ best east coast beach with stunning white sand. If you are looking for a piece of New Zealand paradise, drive to Waihi and walk over the hill to Orokawa Bay.

  • Track Quality

    This track can get slippery after light shower, but you can walk along Orokawa Bay beach for a few minutes before cutting up to the falls track and wet feet.

  • Hazards

    The climb to the top of the William Wright Falls is extremely slippery

  • Transport


  • Water

    There is a Toilet five minutes before Orokawa Bay

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    For a coffee drive to the shops in Wilson Road, there is a butcher,supermarket cloths, chemist, and restaurants. to get there turn to the right at the first roundabout at the bottom of the hill as you drive into Waihi Beach and drive 700 Mt
    The RSA has good cold beer and great dinning. to find the RSA drive around 50 Mt past the roundabout and look for the road running up hill on your left

  • Area & Track History

    Gold was discovered in Waihi in 1908, Waihi was the fastest growing town in the North Island at that time
    Miners took their families on outings to Hamilton to escape the noise and smoke.
    The mighty Martha Mine was one of the biggest gold and silver mines in the world, It produced 5.6 million ounces of gold and 38.4 million ounces of silver.
    Today $NZ 6. billion for gold and $NZ 7 million for silver.

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  • Map location of The William Wright 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: Turn off to William Wright Falls

From Orokawa bay Walk up the end of the beach to the creek crossing, look up to the left; you should see the sign pointing to the track and the track running around the side of the creek,
5 Minutes after crossing the creek is the sign post to the falls.
Turn to the left, there was a long drop at the turn off, the lest said about it the better.
This section of the walk can also be very slippery after rain.
As you can see, the walk up the creek is very green and damp, that is because the gully does not see the sun for more the a few hours a day.
Don’t be expecting to see a fantastic water fall.
If you feel like a death defending climb up to an icy cool private pool, be my guest. It was that slippery I only made it to the third step.

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