Last Updated: 6th Apr 2024


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Ananui Falls

Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Submitted by Dale Oswald

Last Updated: 6th Apr 2024


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Closed until further notice due to kauri dieback. If you become aware of it re-opening please let us know.

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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 58 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

With permit

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.0%


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Straightforward, well marked out and back run. Lots of roots, mud, stream crossings, ruts and one thigh burner of a climb toward the end. Great views and a massive waterfall!

Run straight up the stream leaving the carpark (make sure you clean your shoes!!) Take a right turn across the stream and then take the signposted trail to Ananui Falls, don't bother trying to keep your shoes dry as there is about 20'ish stream crossings in total. The trail is well marked and defined but is very rooty and rutted unless its along the sections of old tramway (which are usually boggy.) All turn- offs are well signposted. Note: As with all of the Kaimai runs, dogs are allowed with a current "hunting with dogs permit" Can be a great through run to the Waitawheta Trails.

Ananui Falls is 106 m. The very top can be accessed, and you can lie on the large rock overhand and look straight down if you're keen.

Parking on the gravel at the end of woodland road. if you're using google maps etc to navigate to the trail head make sure its not taking you to the Waihi end of Woodlands Rd

10 km

13 minutes

With Permit



The one turn to watch out for is at the old hut clearing, the trail switchbacks down toward the river on the right, just before the clearing. If you have run out onto the clearing you have missed it (its about 10m back).


Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

The stream is clean and clear but recommend filtering or treating

Generally muddy, very muddy after rain. prone to flooding, water can be cold and with lots of stream crossings it can a freezing run if your not expecting to get wet. The exposed clay sections can also be super greasy. It can also be cold up on the exposed rocks by the falls.

106 m waterfall is pretty self-explanatory!

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