Bridal Veil Falls
Robin and Laura from The Backpacker Guide travelled through Raglan and shared their experiences with us:
T oday we are stopping off at the must-see Bridal Veil Falls on the way to the must-visit surf town of Raglan. (Ok, everything is a must in New Zealand). We have a few things to do this morning, such as work, because, we work sometimes. But by lunch, we are on the scenic State Highway 23 on our merry way to the quirky surf town of Raglan! Chur, bro!
Like most New Zealand roads, things start off pretty straight but before long we are navigating the side of extinct volcanoes turned farmland on a winding road. Every time we hit the road we are literally exclaiming: “Ohhh. Ahhh. Eeee!” when each downhill turn reveals a landscape more dramatic than the last. It’s impossible to get bored on a New Zealand road trip.
WINDING UP AT A WIND FARM
Halfway to Raglan, we notice signs for a wind farm viewing point. We have no idea how we are meant to feel about this viewing point, but Robin’s mind is made up when he pulls the van into the viewpoint and says: “We’re having lunch here. I’m so hungry!” Standard.
So the Te Uku Wind Farm “viewing point” is literally a car park at the side of the road. Our view is slightly obstructed by road signs. Nevertheless, we always appreciate the renewable energy effort. The wind farm supplies power for around 30,000 New Zealand homes.
AN EPIC 10-MINUTE WALK
After eating our sh*tty sandwiches on the side of the road, it is back to the drive. We took a 10km(ish) detour from State Highway 23 to the extremely well-signposted Bridal Veil Falls. This huge waterfall is particularly popular in New Zealand because: a) it’s only a 10-minute walk from the roadside, and b) it is freakin’ stunning!
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