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Waterfalls in New Zealand

Waterfalls in New Zealand


Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

New Zealand's plentiful rivers and lakes mean it is blessed with some super scenic waterfalls. Here is a list of some of our favourite falls in New Zealand in no particular order of beauty.

Bridal Veils Falls

Bridal Veils Falls (Māori: Wairēinga, or "Water of the Underworld") is 55 meters in height. The waterfall is in the Waikato area in the North Island. The falls on the attractive Pakoka River are a 20-minute drive from the town of Raglan. There are two viewing platforms at the top of the falls. Bridal Veil is a common name for waterfalls in the English-speaking world and there are several so-called in the USA, Canada and Australia.

Fantail Falls
Fantail Falls

Fantail Falls

Fantail Falls in Mt Aspiring National Park, Otago cascades 23 meters into the clear River Haast below. Queenstown and Wanaka are the nearest towns of any size.

Huka Falls on the Waikato River, New Zealand.
Huka Falls on the Waikato River, North Island, New Zealand.

Huka Falls

Huka Falls is near the town of Taupo on the Waikato River. The river is the longest in New Zealand and known for its white-water rafting. The falls are one of the most visited natural attractions in the country. In the Maori language "huka" means foam which is appropriate, as the river gushes 20 metres down through a narrow 20-meter wide gorge.

Stirling Falls, NZ.
Stirling Falls feature in the movie Wolverine

Stirling Falls

Stirling Falls is one of several spectacular waterfalls in Milford Sound. It rises to 151 metres in height which is higher than Niagara. It is the second-highest of the falls in the area after Lady Bowen Falls which stands at 162 metres.

Maruia Falls
The falls were created by an earthquake in 1929

Maruia Falls

Maruia Falls on the Maruia River was created by the 1929 Murchison earthquake. The falls are easily reached and are in the Nelson/Tasman region in South Island.

Marokopa Falls, New Zealand.
Marokopa Falls, New Zealand

Marokopa Falls

Marokopa Falls are also on the Waikato River. They rise to 35 metres and are among the most beautiful in New Zealand. A scenic forest track leads to the viewing platform.

Wainui Falls
Wainui Falls

Wainui Falls

The Wainui Falls in Wainui Bay is a 20-metre waterfall on the Wainui River in the Abel Tasman National Park. The river cascades over granite boulders into a deep pool below.

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