If you’re travelling to New Zealand, your trip is not complete without visiting some of the waterfalls on the North Island. The island boasts around 130 waterfalls. Recommending a few is difficult since we think all of the falls are spectacular! Hire a campervan in New Zealand and try and work your way around some of these 130 waterfalls.
To help you plan your journey, we chose waterfalls that are easily accessible by a short walk from the carpark. That way everyone in your travelling party can enjoy them. Here are a few of our favorite, must-see waterfalls in the North Island.
Perhaps the most well-known of all the island’s waterfalls, Rainbow Falls has three viewing platforms to watch as the water rushes down the cliffside. Located near the town of Kerikeri, the area makes for a great day adventure with relaxing spots for picnicking, pleasant walking tracks and local attractions.
Bridal Veil Falls
Said to resemble a bridal veil, Bridal Veil Falls is an extremely powerful and dramatic 55-metre waterfall. If you’re hiring a campervan in New Zealand, it is the best way to travel as the falls are in the somewhat remote Raglan area in the northwest section of the island. The amazing view from the top of the falls includes the surrounding countryside. Make sure to visit Raglan’s black sand beach while you’re there.
Formed by the Waipunga River as it cascades along the side of a tall, lush precipice, the Waipunga Falls are joined by the Waiarua Falls. The result is a breathtaking, tiered waterfall display. The falls are only about an hour’s drive to Hawke’s Bay, where you can enjoy superb regional wines and local food.
Though not as dramatic a vertical drop as some of the other waterfalls, the picturesque Rere Falls are situated in a tranquil setting with a picnic area. There’s also a popular swimming hole near the falls. While visiting, take a trip to the National Arboretum of New Zealand for some wonderful walking tracks.
A popular visitor destination in the Lake Taupo area, the Huka Falls are known for their beautiful, roaring rush of turquoise-colored water caused by the natural force of hydropower. Over 200,000 litres of water per second flow into the falls, causing a turbulent, breath-taking show. If you’re feeling really adventuresome, take one of the river cruises near the falls while there.
Campervan hire in New Zealand is the only way to travel. At Mighway, we make it easy for a motorhome hire on the North Island. Let your journey begin today!