The Kitekite Falls are alluring waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges with multiple drops into swimming pool sized lake at the bottom. From Central Auckland, it takes around a 50 minute drive to the carpark at the end of Glen Esk Road.
Kitekite Falls are fast becoming a constant in Instagram feeds. From their colouring, to the pools overlooking the main waterfall, Kitekite Falls is a place you need to visit
Getting to the base of the falls
As soon as you leave your car, you’ll find the signed the track which takes you through the rainforest and to the right-hand side of a stream. Near the start of the walk, a cleaning station provided for your shoes. Scrub away all soil from your shoes and equipment and spray with the disinfectant provided to make sure our native trees are not exposed to diseases.
Taking the Knutzen track is the best path to take to get to the base of Kitekite falls. The track is maintained regularly and is a comfortable walk. The pool at the base of the falls is a refreshing swimming hole. Be careful as the rocks can be very slippery. Around the sides of the pool you may be lucky enough to spot a New Zealand long fin eel.
Getting to the top of the falls
From the base of the falls, you can either return via the same track, or cross the stream and continue climbing to the top of the waterfall. This takes about another 30 minutes one way. At the top of the falls you will find swimming spots and breathtaking views of the valley. It is safe to jump into the large pool here although always be careful.
How to get there:
The walking tracks start at the end of Glen Esk Road in Piha.
50 mins from CBD to carpark 50 min approx. walk (roundtrip)
- Beautiful scenic walk
- Stunning waterfall
- Rock pools at the top of the waterfall
- Spray soles of shoes with disinfectant provided at start of walk
- Toilets available at the carpark
Dogs allowed on leash