|Coordinates:||37.7347 S 175.8798 E|
|No:||190 (list of all attractions)|
|Address:||Australia and Oceania, New Zealand, North Island, Waikato, Kaimai Escarpment, some 15 km north-east from Matamata|
It is considered that Wairere Falls are the tallest in Northern Island.
Waterfall has formed on Wairere stream, which falls over an interesting geological feature - Okauia (Ōkauia) fault - a fracture in Earth's crust. Fault divides Kaimai Range to the east and Hauraki Plains to the west, the later still are sinking 2 mm every year.
Water falls over uneven, nearly vertical wall formed by volcanic rock.
As the Wairere stream reaches this fault, water falls down almost vertically. Waterfall has two cascades - the upper one is higher. Information regarding the height of each cascade is differing - upper cascade is 80 or 91 m tall, lower: 73 or 60 m tall.
Often winds catch the falls in upper cascade, rising the water upwards.
Nature trail leads up to the top of waterfall with beautiful view over the Hauraki Plains.