Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Wentworth Valley Falls

Whangamata, Waikato

Submitted by Darryl Begg

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 19 ?

6.0km

150m

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Riverside

Run Makeup

95%
5%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.9%

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Estimated Times to Run

1:00

Slow

0:45

Moderate

0:30

Fast

A nice relatively short out and back, with easy to follow signage. Dogs are allowed on leash which is a bit uncommon in the Coromandel area.

The run starts from the DOC carpark which is to the left (driving in) of the camp registration office. through a concrete river crossing which should be dry unless there has been heavy rain. The actual campsite and cabins will be on your left with long drop toilets and picnic sites available too. An obvious sign and gate lead you to the trail up the valley, its well marked.

There is a viewing platform at the top looking out over a waterfall. From here you can return the way you came or go exploring and try and find the trail to the top of the waterfall.

Trail site is here http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/coromandel-forest-park/things-to-do/wentworth-valley-walks/

At the turn of last century the valley was home to around 300 gold miners and their families. Many relics of these pioneering days are still found in the area. Prior to the gold mining days the Kauri loggers and Gum Diggers worked these valleys. The old Telegraph line from Wellington also crossed the Coromandel Range at this point. The line was diverted up the coast due to the Maori Wars in the Waikato, 1845 to 1872.

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Good parking at the end of the road. There is a DOC campsite here see http://www.wentworthvalleycamp.co.nz/
There is no public transport here.

7 km

12 minutes

Yes

No

Easy.

Just follow the gravel path, Its well sign posted.

Patchy.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Running river beside the trail, probably drinkable if you need it.

Track is mostly covered in gravel so no big issues here.

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Crystal  Bartlett

Crystal Bartlett

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Trail Reviews

Nice easy to access option from Whangamata. 10ish minutes out of town on a decent road, trail is well maintained and level, first half of the way is flat to undulating then a bit if a climb up to the waterfall in second half. Pretty decent waterfall too, bigger than I expected. Ran on a horrid day but is mostly under canopy so kept me out of the weather nicely. I imagine in summer there'd be plenty of places along the way and at the campground at the start for a swim/dip

Tom Mccormack

October 1, 2022

A great beautiful easy trail to run. Stunning views at the lookout.

Rachael Tobeck

April 3, 2021

Beautiful and easy track. Wide gravel path the whole way. The track steadily climbs up beside the river. There are some beautiful swimming holes along the way. It it flattish to start and then a little steeper but still pretty gentle climb. The falls are taller than expected. It is actually two falls with a pool in between.

Kirstine Collins

August 27, 2020

A popular walk for good reason as it terminates at a very nice waterfall that doesn't require a lot of effort. If starting at the first of the two car parks (before the camping ground proper) try and find the large orange DOC triangle across a small amount of water that takes you to Wentworth Mines Walk and 800 metres or so to the start of the described trail. If you want some extra running you can continue past the falls.

Anthony Sowerby

January 2, 2020

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