Experience Bridal Veil Falls
Spectacular Bridal Veil/ Waireinga Falls is an short, easy walk from the carpark. The track is Barrier Free to the top of the falls and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. At the top of the falls there are two good viewing platforms but it’s also well worth the trek down a steep set of stairs to the lower viewing platform.
Easy well formed tracks; suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Clearly marked.
Car park to top of falls: (10 min / 600 m one way)
Top of falls to base of falls : (10 min one way)
Access is via Te Mata Road off the Hamilton/Raglan Highway (SH 23). Turn left into Kawhia Road, 1 km past Te Mata and travel another 4 km to the car park.
It is an attractive easy walk through native forest following the Pakoka River to the top of the Waireinga / Bridal Veil Falls. This section of track is designed for assisted wheelchair use and is suitable for children’s pushchairs. The two viewing platforms at the top of the falls provide spectacular views of the falls and surrounding countryside. From here, the track descends steeply down stairs to a
midway view point. The track continues down more stairs to the bottom view bridge and information shelter where there is a magnificent view directly across the pool and up at the falls.
Please note the water quality of the pool and river is not healthy for swimming.
Rocks around the pool are mainly soft sandstones that have been worn down by the river to form a large amphitheatre. If you look up from the base of the falls, you can see the band of hard basalt rock (which came from a volcano about 1.5 km away) that has resisted the erosive power of the water and now forms the lip of the spectacular 55-metre falls.
Vehicle break-ins are common here, take all valuables with you and lock your car!