Rainbow Falls Kerikeri River Walk

Wharepuke Falls Kerikeri

Kerikeri is a beautiful town located in Northland New Zealand, the area has alot of history behind it as a mission station was set up here in 1814 by Samuel Marsdon and later on in 1819 a second mission station was built.

Two of New Zealand's oldest buildings reside in Kerikeri, Kemp House was built in 1821 by the reverend John Gare Butler as a mission house and the Stone Store was built in 1832 an icon in the Northland region.

The Kerikeri River flows right beside the Stone Store and this is where the Kerikeri River Walk starts the track winds around and follows the river through native trees and bush, a short distance from the Stone Store is the remnants of a hydro station.

The power station was built in 1929 by Yugoslav gumdiggers in an attempt to lure buyers of land to the area, the intake for the water driven turbine starts around 1400 m back up the Kereikeri River under the Rainbow Falls.

From the power house the track follows the Kerikeri River and past some impressive native trees like the giant Kauri to the first of two stunning waterfalls, the Wharepuke Waterfall is a block type fall with a height of five meters and during rain there is an impressive amount of water dropping over the falls.

From the Wharepuke Falls the track heads up and over the top of the falls then drops back down to the river there are places where you can access the river and view the many rapids and deep pools that are scattered along the Kerikeri River.

Through some more beautiful native trees and still following the river you will arrive at the Rainbow Falls, these falls are the highest along this walkway and at 27 meters provide a stunning drop into the Kerikeri River the Rainbow Falls are a curtain type waterfall.

The Kerikeri River track is suitable for all the family, the track is well maintained and accessible in all weather conditions, from the Stone Store to Wharepuke Waterfall takes around thirty minutes and to the Rainbow Falls around one hour.

The Rainbow Falls are readily accessed from the Rainbow Falls road carpark with a short walk of around 400 meters if you only want to view the Rainbow waterfall, but the beauty of this walk is the Kerikeri River with two stunning waterfalls to view as a bonus.