Just south of Piha you’ll find Karekare Falls. Karekare had its 15 minutes of fame when it was used as a filming location for 1993 film The Piano. As well as cinema fame, Karekare is also famous for its waterfall. The secluded falls rarely attract the masses so it’s the ideal place for a romantic picnic with your partner.
The road down to Karekare is quite narrow and at times one way so remember to keep left and be careful
There are only a handful of carparks found near Karekare Falls, but you can always park 2 minutes away at the main beach carpark. If you’re lucky enough to snag one of the carparks, the walk to the falls is less than 5 minutes.
The 30m falls also has a large pool located at the base which is ideal for a dip.
The beach is large and covered in black sand. The beach is a lot quieter compared to Piha, and the couple of times we’ve been we have almost had the beach to ourselves.
Like Piha, the waves can be unpredictable so it is always recommended to swim between the yellow and red flags. Unfortunately there have been a few drownings at this beach
How to get there:
Located on Lone Kauri Road in Karekare near to Piha
Time: 47 mins from Auckland CBD
- Large waterfall
- Nice lake for a swim
- Close to Karekare Beach
- Facilities are located 2 mins away at Karekare beach
- Small number of parks available at the falls
Dogs are permitted on leads