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Mangakotukutuku Falls, Taranaki

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Mangakotukutuku FallsIntermediate

Submitted by Joe Benbow

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New Plymouth

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands


1:30 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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This is a straightforward run up to a beautiful waterfall. From the end of Maude Road, cross the stile and head straight across the ridge through 3 farmland paddocks, each time looking for the stile and orange triangles. There are likely to be cattle here so just take your time and allow them to move out of your way.

Once you reach the bush, you'll see the green sign pointing to Maude Track and the falls. Follow this uphill, keeping to the orange triangles until about the 2.7k point, when you'll reach the sign for the falls to the left. Take care down this steep section as you descend to the falls.

Once you've soaked in the view, return the way you came and enjoy the much easier run downhill.

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Features of interest

A Māori oven can be found just below the junction of the Falls track on the true left side. Care must be taken not to disturb this archaeological feature.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    The track starts at the end of Maude Road. Follow Kent Road from State Highway 3 south of New Plymouth. Turn right onto Maude Road and follow it to the end.

    Limited car parking available. No public transport.

    20 km

    21 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow green signs and orange triangles and you should be sweet.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    The falls are the only water source on this track

    Track can be very muddy and slippery after heavy rain

    The section closest to the falls is very eroded and steep. Take great care here. There are also likely to be cattle in the paddocks at the beginning/end.

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