While TLC warned us not to, we can’t help but chase waterfalls. Some of the world’s most beautiful falls can be found in none other than Australia’s closest neighbour, New Zealand.
If you’re planning a trip to Aotearoa, chat to the team at Active Travel to see how we can create the perfect New Zealand adventure for you.
1. Huka Falls
Huka Falls can be found on the Waikato River – New Zealand’s longest river, located north of Taupo in the North Island. A bridge at the top of the falls puts you in the best position to watch more than 220,000 litres of water pass by every second!
Not only does the bright blue water make for mesmerising photos, it also serves a very important purpose. Once the water has reached Lake Taupo, it’s used to generate power through the area’s hydro-electric power stations.
If you want to get up close and personal to Huka Falls, strap in for one of the jet boat rides that zip up and down the river!
2. Stirling Falls
Deep in the heart of Lord of the Rings territory is the phenomenal Milford Sound. Take a boat tour through this mountainous landscape and keep an eye out for penguins, seals and dolphins on the way to the base of Stirling Falls.
Take your time to capture the cascading falls before your boat cruise ventures deeper into the mist. Prepare to wear the waterfall if you don’t pop your hood up!
3. Purakaunui Falls
Purakaunui Falls is located in Otago’s, lush Catlins Forest Park. From the car park, the track will lead you through the thick beechtree forest until the sound of the roaring falls fills the air. In the opening you’ll see the three-tier waterfall in full view.
Unlike some of New Zealand’s other waterfalls, Purakaunui is gentle and ethereal, and is the kind of spot where fairies and nymphs wouldn’t look out of place.
4. Kitekite Falls
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and although extremely urban, there’s also plenty of natural wonders around the City of Sails. Kitekite Falls is just under an hours drive from Auckland CBD and is located in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, near the black-sand Piha beach. The waterfall is around 40 metres high and after a 45 minute walk from the car park, visitors can enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pool below.
Discover New Zealand’s natural beauty with the help of your Canberra travel agent at Active Travel. For more information on small group tours, get in touch today!