Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Mangakotukutuku Falls

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Submitted by Joe Benbow

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 12

Gnarl Factor: 51








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.7%


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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.

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.

Limited car parking available. No public transport.

20 km

21 minutes




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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Raewyn Peters

Raewyn Peters

has completed Mangakotukutuku Falls once in the last year.

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