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Kitekite Falls & Beyond, Auckland

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Kitekite Falls & BeyondBeginner

Submitted by Robyn Lesh

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush


1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



Most other tracks in this area are closed due to Kauri Dieback, this trail up to the falls & continuing to the road is re-worked and open!

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A well maintained quick out & back. Can be crowded if a busy day but still run-able with some slowing to pass groups. On an off-peak day would be great for a hill-send or a chiller chip-away at the elevation.

Easy to navigate (simply stay on the trails) and stay right when you have a choice. Would absolutely recommend coming into the falls from the trail on the west side of the stream, a great view-point of the full height of the falls which can't be seen from the base. A nice swimming hole under the falls and a good hill-effort to the road at the top.

Not a lot to see at the turn-around, except for a good feeling of achievement and anticipation for the cool water of the falls on the way down.

Summary, relatively chill up-hill on boardwalks & trails until the falls (elevation gain of 83m), after the falls is a steep section followed by a steady climb and another steep section to the turn-around. 

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Features of interest

Awesome waterfall half-way up, great for a swim on the way down!

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 15%

Easy Single Track: 80%

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Piha-ing Around

Piha-ing Around

Length: 17.50km


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  • Access

    Park at the trailhead of Kitekite Falls. The trails starts into the bush near the trailhead sign.

    Good amount of parking. No public transport

    1 km

    3 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    There are a few options in regards to which side of the river for the first half. We mostly took the west side, either would be lovely.


    Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water at the trailhead and from the stream at the falls, your choice.

    Might be slightly muddy in places in the wet season but mostly gravel & boardwalks so should be pretty good year-round.

  • Post run indulgence

    Phia Cafe
    20 Seaview Road, Piha 0772
    Ice blocks & snacks!

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