Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls from road, New Zealand
Wairere Falls from road / Ravisha Wijesinghe. CC BY 2.0
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 (┼îkauia) 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.

Wairere Falls, New Zealand
Wairere Falls / Floyd Wilde. CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

View from Wairere Falls to Hauraki Plains, New Zealand
View from Wairere Falls to Hauraki Plains / C. Rodliffe, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 3.0

Nature trail leads up to the top of waterfall with beautiful view over the Hauraki Plains.


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Wairere Falls on the map

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Location, GPS coordinates: 37.7347 S 175.8798 E
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Where is located? Australia and Oceania, Polynesia, New Zealand, North Island, Waikato, Kaimai Escarpment, some 15 km north-east from Matamata
Height: 153 m

Video of Wairere Falls

Michael Schollum, November 2017

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