Bridal Veil Falls (Waireinga) is a plunge waterfall located along the Pakoka RIver in the Waikato region. The waterfall is 55m high and over time has caused a large pool to be formed directly below. The Maori name Waireinga means leaping waters, referring to wairua (spirits) leaping the great height of this waterfall.
Driving from Hamilton travel west on the SH23 until you see a sign ‘Bridal Veil Falls’, turn left and follow the signs. There is a relatively big car park on Kauroa-Kawhia Rd with toilets and a beautiful picnic area with a couple of tables.
It is an attractive easy walk to the top of the falls. From the carpark go through native forest following the Pakoka River to the first viewing platform. The river you walk alongside is the Patoka River which is the home to eels, freshwater crayfish, and freshwater mussels.
The two viewing platforms at the top of the falls provide spectacular views of the falls in addition to the surrounding countryside. The upper section of the falls is designed for assisted wheelchair use and additionally for children’s pushchairs, but because of the stairs, the lower platforms are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
Going to the bottom of the waterfall
From here, the track descends steeply down stairs to a midway viewpoint and this vantage point provides a side on view of the falls and the pool below.
After the midpoint vantage point, the track continues down more stairs to the bottom view bridge and information shelter where there is a magnificent view directly across the pool and up at the falls.
135 steps will take you to midway viewing platform, but to get to the bottom of the falls you will be going down 261 of them in total. Remember to double that number also, as you will have to return back to the top.
How to get there:
Bridal Veil Falls is located on Kawhia Road near Makomako
2 hours from Auckland CBD
48 minutes from Hamilton
Carpark to top of falls: 10 minutes
Top of falls to base of falls: 10 minutes
- 55m waterfall
- 3 viewing platforms for the waterfall (top, base and halfway)
- Easy stroll through the native forest following the Pakoka River
- No swimming – water quality does not meet health standards for swimming.
- No abseiling or rock climbing to protect endangered plants.
- Only access to the top viewing platform is suitable for wheelchairs and prams
- Toilets facilities are near the carpark
Dogs are prohibited