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Whispering Falls in the Aniseed Valley
The Whispering Falls Walk starts from the Hackett Carpark in the Aniseed Valley (about 20 minutes drive south from Richmond).
It is a nice easy walk through forestland, crossing over and wandering alongside the Hackett Stream up to the waterfall.
The track itself is about 8km long and is a comfortable 2.5-3hr return walk, with picnic areas and toilets along the route.
Mountain-bikers are also able to use the track, and you can extend your walk by visiting the Chromite Mine Workings Track (the site of an 1860’s Chromium Mine) which starts near the waterfall itself.
Once you reach the base of the waterfall, the track takes you through the waterfall itself, and the water flows over a large deposit of travertine (limestone).
This is apparently one of the best places in New Zealand to see limestone in it’s natural state, and it is beautiful.
From there you follow the track up onto a grassy hill which is above the falls…it’s a steep climb, but well worth it!
A great place to enjoy the scenery and have a picnic lunch, before re-tracing your steps for the journey back to the car-park.
It’s a nice walk for families, and dogs are also allowed on this track.
I’ve done this walk a few times now and it’s always a fun one to do, especially when you have friends or family with you.
It can get very warm in the summertime, and there is plenty of opportunity to cool off in the river as you are walking along the track.
Taking the time to make a nice picnic lunch is also a great idea, as the picnic area really is a nice place to sit and relax once you’ve done all the hard work to get there.
I would recommend this walk to everyone, and I look forward to spending some more time there as the weather starts to warm up.
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