Walk through the forest to Kaiate Falls, where water tumbles down a ravine in a series of cascades.
Also known as Te Rerekawau Falls, Kaiate Falls are the highlight of a forest reserve near Tauranga. You can walk to a ravine where the Kaiate Stream drops over ignimbrite bluffs in a series of nine beautiful cascades. Tracks are well-formed throughout the reserve. The main track leads to the top of the waterfall, and then to the base of the upper series of cascades. From there it crosses the stream and continues down to the base of the lower falls, where there is a swimming hole. You?ll see large puriri and kohekohe trees along the way.Above the carpark is a picnic area where you can enjoy good views of Mount Maunganui and the Port of Tauranga.