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Harker Reserve to Vivian Falls, Waikato

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Harker Reserve to Vivian FallsBeginner

Submitted by Luke Gillies

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands


1:00 (Slow)
45:00 (Moderate)
30:00 (Fast)



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Begin this run at the carpark on Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Rd. Enter the track at the end of the carpark and follow this trail through the native bush (do not take any any of tracks off this main track) until on your left after about 2km's there is a clearing and sign post for Vivian Falls. Follow the narrow single trail descending until you arrive at the bottom of the falls, a nice place for breather and a drink, returning via the same track back up to the main track.

Turn right heading further away from the start along the main track until you get to the junction of Miller Rd and Halfway Gully Rd. You will be just over 3kms into your run at this point & this is where you turn around and return along the main track back to the start - If you choose to explore tracks away from the main track the best ones to take will be signposted as loop tracks.

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Features of interest

The 12m high Te Wai Heke O Maoa (Vivian) Falls, named after Maoa who in the 1700's would test the courage of his warriors by ordering them to dam the falls at the top and then lie in the stream below at the bottom. Once they were positioned he would release the water to pour over them and if the warriors held their position he took it as a sign they would be successful in battle.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 80%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

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  • Access

    Cross the Tuakau bridge and take the second road on your right - this is Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Rd, The carpark is clearly visible about 1km on your right up Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Rd

    Carpark on Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Rd 50m from the start of the trail - space for plenty of cars, no public transport

    84 km

    70 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Stay on the main track which is wide and very easy to follow only diverting at the well marked Vivian Falls track


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

    Water from the falls would need to be purified

    Can get mildly muddy after heavy rain but generally in very good condition

    Do not view the falls from the top, the drop off is heavily obscured by thick vegetation and could easily be missed.

  • Post run indulgence

    Tuakau Hotel
    1 George St Tuakau
    Guiness On Tap!! and if you have to many like any good old 1800's pub you can stay the night

    Town Mouse
    191 King Street ​Pukekohe
    Great homemade food and superb coffee

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