Bring: Swimsuit, water shoes
Gps: -38.537105 , 177.609615
Rere Falls is a beaut, but mostly overlooked by waterfall connoisseurs, even the NZ Waterfalls book. Maybe because it’s simply not near to any tourism-promoting township. It receives very little rah-rah outside of the “101 mustdos for Kiwis.” All the better. You should definitely go.
This waterfall sparkles into prime time late in the afternoon—between 3 to 5pm. That’s when the sun directly hits its 60m length. The evenness of the shimmering curtain of water mesmerizes. See the ledge running behind the curtain of water? You GOTTA walk back there along the ledge to a dryish spot and look up at the lip…it appears that god is pouring diamonds out of the palm of her hand. Seriously! It’s astounding that Nature could create such a marvel from such ordinary surroundings.
The pool is very swimmable and after scouting for the hidden rocks underneath the ledge and the falls, it’s fun to slide or jump through the curtain of water (scout first, there are rocks!). There’s a big grassy area for picnics and BBQs, a big carpark, and long-drops.