Omanawa Falls is located 20 minutes away from Tauranga and is the location of the first hydroelectric power station in the Southern Hemisphere
Omanawa Falls is one of the prettiest waterfalls in the country. However since the reopening of the power station there, the waterfall has been reduced to a trickle compared to what it once was.
The falls were once relatively unknown, but have become increasingly popular thanks to posts on Instagram and other social media.
From the lookout you can get a good view of the waterfalls, however many people choose to make their own path down to the base so they can take better pictures.
The council has officially closed Omanawa Falls, although that hasn’t deterred many visitors sneaking past the gate. As of 2017, the council is thinking about reopening Omanawa Falls and making it safe for people to access
Getting to the bottom
The walk to the bottom of the falls is very dangerous and should be treated as such. We can’t recommend anyone going down, but if you choose to do so take extreme care as many people have been injured.
How to get there:
Located on Omanawa Road. You will see a small fence with a sign and also a closure sign from the council
2 hours 30 minutes from Auckland CBD
20 minutes from Tauranga
30 min return walk to lookout
- One of the prettiest waterfalls in the country
- Aqua coloured lake
- Omanawa Falls is officially closed, however many people walk to the falls anyway
- The walk down to the base of the falls is extremely steep and slippery, many people have injured themselves
Dogs are prohibited, and would not recommend them here