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Kaiate Falls

Waterfall Swimming Hole

Difficulty: Easy 30-minute loop
Bring: Swimsuit, Cans(!) of beer
Kaiate Falls
NZGps: 37° 45' 38.1024" S 176° 14' 29.9832" E
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Kaiate (or Te Rerekawau)Falls is one of those “locals” places. A cool-as spot that locals love but guidebooks like Lonely Planet completely overlook. Even the DOC literature hardly inspires a visit. That’s why you have this guide (I hope)…to find places like this. Go. There’s a waterfall for every kind of smile here.

This small stream—Raparapahoe—spits over a series of stairstep waterfalls in a sunny, forested Shangri-la. Go between noon-4pm for pool-side sunbathing. The lowest falls has the hugest dive-able pool. Each falls merits exploring—how many can you sneak behind??

Excerpt from "NZ Frenzy Guidebook" by Scott CookNZ Frenzy Guidebook

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Lovely! That bottom

beatsmilking's picture

Lovely! That bottom waterfall/pool just beckons you to jump in.


Submitted by beatsmilking on Wed, 2011-11-09 11:36