Last Updated: 13th Nov 2023


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Kitekite Falls & Beyond

Piha, Auckland

Submitted by Robyn Lesh

Last Updated: 13th Nov 2023


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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 27 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.6%


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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. 

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

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Good amount of parking. No public transport

1 km

3 minutes




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.

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

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One of my locals! Nice run but busy on the weekend.

Mark Craig

March 3, 2021

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