Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Wainui Falls goddess

Takaka, Tasman

Submitted by Nick Lane

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 5

Gnarl Factor: 14








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.9%


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Cross farmland for a short distance, then go through a forest of nīkau palms, rātā trees and ferns.

The track climbs rapidly alongside spectacular granite boulders, following the Wainui River. There’s a great suspension bridge on the way – below this, you can see old logs piled up after massive floods.

You’ll know you’re close to the falls when you can hear the sound of rushing water.

Return to the Wainui Bay car park on the same track.

The track is popular with families and can be very busy throughout the day over the peak summer months when people flock to the Nelson/Tasman region.

The best time to complete this walk is in autumn when there are fewer people in the area, and while temperatures remain warm after the summer. You’ll also get to appreciate the natural flair and colour of nearby Takaka, where the locals will always stop to chat.

The trail follows a truly incredible river the finishes with an enormous and beautiful waterfall with some heavy Maori tradition attached.

Ample parking at the start.

20 km

25 minutes





Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

River water.

Very high waters after rainfall.

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