Top waterholes in the North Island of New Zealand

Sweet secluded swim spots to enjoy this summer!

Summer’s on its way, so don’t get stuck inside playing Scrabble all day. Jump online to VroomVroomVroom.co.nz to score yourself the cheapest car rental deal available. Then, get your friends or family together for a road trip to one or all of our top waterhole destinations we’ve compiled just for you.

Rainbow Falls

Pick up your awesome car rental from our suppliers Kerikeri depot and head northeast to the Heritage By-pass and make a left onto Waipapa Rd. Follow till you reach the end of Rainbow Falls Rd., where on your left you’ll find the access to the Rainbow Falls track. The track takes about 10 minutes one way, and is also accessible by wheelchair. Along the track you’ll come across three viewing platforms that provide stunning views of the waterfall, a great opportunity to take a snap! As you continue along the track, you’ll come to a junction where the TeAraroa Trail joins the track you’re on (Kerikeri River Track). Carry on down the hill and you’ll soon arrive at your beautiful destination.

Hunua Falls

In the western part of Hunua Ranges Regional Park is an amazing 30m high waterfall, a part of the Wairoa River. Pick up your trusty car rental from the East Tamaki depot and road trip 45mins southeast of Auckland to Falls Rd. At the end of this road, you’ll find a safe place to park your car hire and access to the track that leads visitors to this hidden gem.

Make a day out of this road trip and check out the falls from a different view by heading on one of these walking tracks:

Hunua Falls Lookout Walk – an easy 15 minute return track taking you to the opposite side of the river.

Falls Upper Lookout Walk – an easy 30 minute return loop track taking you to the upper waterfall lookout.

Kaimai Waterhole

This is 20 minutes south of our suppliers Tauranga depot, located at the foot of the Kaimai Mountain (2 min. drive from the McLaren falls turn off). Turn off on ‘Poripori Road’ and park your rental car up on the gravel patch to your right. What may not be so breathtakingly beautiful at first is what we call ‘the rough that hides the diamond’. We highly recommend you load up all your necessities in your backpack, because your adventure to paradise commences on foot from here and return trips will be unfavourable. Follow the gravel path that leads down to the Wairoa River. Locate the safest, shallowest part of the river and cross over to where an oasis awaits you. But like every valuable thing in this world, you have to work hard to find this diamond! Continue on foot over the rocky terrain, towards the overgrown bush. Here you will find a treaded dirt track that will lead you to the sweetest summer swim spot. Gushing fresh waterfalls, small rock pools, cliffsides to jump off and plenty of space on the rocks to soak up some sun or share a picnic lunch.

Blue Springs / Te Waihou Walkway

30 minutes south of our suppliers Cambridge depot, follow SH1 for approximately 40 kilometres. Veer left on Whites road (SH28) and you'll come to the downstream entrance, just before Leslie road. Or, head 3.6km along Leslie Rd for a faster access to the crystal clear oasis. If not for a swim, this sweet summer spot offers a tranquil adventure alongside the pristine river, acting as a natural free aquarium by the way it showcases its beautiful underwater life and habitat. So make sure to pack your camera to snap a shot of one of New Zealand’s purest water supplies.

Rere Falls and Rere Rockslide

Our suppliers closest car rental depot to get to this super destination is in Whakatane, so enjoy the 2.5 hour road trip to Gisborne as you head to one the greatest natural free attractions that the country has to offer: a 60m long natural water slide over smooth rocks and a picturesque 5m high waterfall and swimming hole location! Once you hit Gisborne, head 50km northwest on Wharekopae Road, ‘til you reach the small community of Rere. As you head down to the Wharekopae River, you will come to your action-packed and energy-killing location. Just make sure to pack your car hire with a boogie board, inflatable mattress or tire tube to make the most of the Rere Rockslide sweet summer spot.

Maraetotara Falls

If you’re renting your cheap car rental from our suppliers Napier depot, then you’ll definitely need to make a road trip to this sweet summer spot. About 40mins from Napier, head 2.4km up Maraetotara Road. On the right, you’ll come to a parking area with a white archway. From here, you’ll need to head on foot down to the Maraetotara River, where there’s a 10 minute return walk to the beautiful 15m high tiered waterfall and waterhole for you to enjoy. Want to experience more from your travels? Why don’t you stay and camp for free at the Maraetotara Falls Reserve or even better, book yourself a cheap campervan deal with VroomVroomVroom and check out the other awesome free camping sites here.

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