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Te Wairere Waterfall
Stop at the falls and enjoy the serenity of the falls which are surrounded by native bush
The Jim & May Brodie Bridge
The bridge would not have been possible without a generous donation from Michael Sidey of Wanaka who is the grandson of previous owners of Pagoda Lodge which you will see if you include Pa Road in your walk. Rotary Kerikeri built the bridge.
Track Building
Track building and maintenance is carried out by community volunteers. Here "Friends of the Wairoa Stream" volunteers are working on the track around the falls. "The Friends' have working bees on the First and third Monday of each month.
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Te Wairere Waterfall Walking Track - Map & Notes       Track Status = OPEN

The map has the key landmarks noted on it (pins). The path of the track is shown as a guide only. Click on the track lines or pins for more information.

The track is not particularly difficult but you need to wear footwear that will handle stony and slippery terrain. The track is rocky in places and will be slippery if conditions are wet or there has been recent rain. Do not use the track if there is any risk of flooding. Dogs are not allowed on some sections of the track, these are signposted. Cycling, camping and lighting of fires is prohibited.

There are several circular walks you could consider that can incorporate the Te Wairere Waterfall Track. Here are some suggestions. The start / finish points can be reversed (allow about 2 hours for these walks). The numbers reference to the Google map below:

  • Carpark (1) to Te Wairere Waterfall Track ( 2) to Cobham Road (3). Return via Hone Heke Road to Kingston House (4) then walk down Hongi Hika Track back to Stone Store

  • Carpark (1) to Te Wairere Waterfall Track (2) to Cobham Road (3). Return via Cobham Road, Kerikeri Inlet Road (5) then along Pa Road (6) to Pagoda Lodge. Walk along the track immediately before you reach Pagoda Lodge, to the Pa Road Footbridge which brings you back to the  start point for the Waterfall Track (2).

  • Carpark (1) to Te Wairere Waterfall Track (2) to Shepherd Road (10). Then walk back to Cobham Road to the town centre along Kerikeri Road in the direction of the Stone Store. Walk along the Heritage Bypass and after you cross the Kerikeri River bridge (7), walk down the concrete ramp and onto the Kerikeri River track which takes you back to the Stone Store past Wharepuke Falls.

If you are driving, park your vehicle at the Landing Road Carpark (1) located on Landing Road which is accessed off Waipapa Road. Alternatively, park your vehicle in the area upstream from the Cobham Road Bridge on Cobham Road. There is also signposted pedestrian only access off Alderton Drive.

 

Donations can be made to help with extending, upgrading and maintaining the track. This work is all completed by community volunteers.

Project News

April 2, 2020

Many in the Far North enjoy walking for exercise or pleasure, and public walking tracks along rivers are proving especially popular. In Kerikeri, for example, a new walkway on Wairoa Stream attracts many people daily, while recently-restored reserves at Peacock Garden and Reinga Road support access to waterways. Local volunteers created these walkways, removing rubbish, weeding, planting native trees and turning ugly neglected...

March 25, 2020

On March 10th more than 20 Guides, Brownies and Pippins under their leader Barbara Roberts went weed busting along the Wairoa Stream boundary with Inlet Estate.

They made short work of hundreds of brush wattle, gorse, taiwan cherry and tobacco weed seedlings leaving it almost as weed free as a cricket pitch which really impressed the Friends of Wairoa Stream who hadn't had the resources to deal to this area.

This effort was the...

December 30, 2019

It was very pleasing to read that Rod has been awarded the Queen's Services Medal. Rod's achievements are summarised in this Northern /Advocate article.

I cannot say that Rod has dedicated his retired years to these multiple projects as you simply cannot define what Rod does as retirement. Most people in paid employment would not clock up the hours that Rod does. The multiple projects that he has been the driving force behind,...

November 24, 2019

Those of you who regularly walk the Wairoa Stream will be aware of the improvements to the track since it was opened in April 2017. In addition to the activity on the track, more than 13,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted in a number of areas running along the length of that track. 

Those plantings require a considerable amount of TLC, especially at this time of of the year when rampant spring growth can overwhe...

October 1, 2019

Thanks to a great effort by The Friends of the Wairoa Stream, a challenging section of riverside track has been dealt with.

The team have built a boardwalk, in just over a day, across the rocky section of track upstream from the top of the Te Wairere waterfall.

Well done guys!

August 28, 2019

After several weather postponements Kerikeri Primary School were finally able to complete their 2019 planting along the Wairoa Stream bank.  

Four members of Friends of Wairoa Stream who were present as guides, were really impressed when the 15 students planted all 150 plants in only two hours and were looking around for more plants.

The objective of the students is to transform a patch of Blackberry, Tobacco weed, Gorse a...

June 9, 2019

After a few blustery and chilly days, the weather came to the party as did 50 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages for the public planting day on land recently cleared of weeds, at the top of Sammaree Reserve. 

After a briefing by Rod Brown on the wider Wairoa Stream projects, Rod lead the team of planters through the plantings that have taken place since 2013.

The good turnout meant that the plants were in the gro...

May 23, 2019

We have recently had a further 70 metres of riverbank cleared of weeds and ageing eucalyptus trees (see images below) and now Vision Kerikeri and Friends of the Wairoa Stream are inviting you to come along and help us to plant the more than 900 native plants that we have for this new extension of the Wairoa Stream walkway and wildlife corridor.

We have also removed a large clump of bamboo from the area planted i...

May 2, 2019

Last Monday the Friends of the Wairoa Stream carried out the first plantings of the short 2019 planting-window that runs from late autumn through to mid winter. The team managed to plant around 250 young native trees and shrubs on the difficult terrain above the Te Wairere waterfall. 

This was just the latest instalment of the ongoing community effort that is now in its 7th year. The Wairoa Stream Project ha...

December 22, 2018

Rotary Kerikeri has finished and named the latest bridge across the Wairoa Stream. 

The Bridge allows those walking the Wairoa Stream track to extend their walk by, by; crossing the Cobham Road bridge. Once across that bridge, cross Cobham Road and continue 'upstream' along the well formed track that takes you through Sammaree Reserve which borders Placemakers. At the end of the Reserve you will find the Rod Brown Bridge. If yo...

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Track Building

Track building and maintenance is carried out by community volunteers. Here "Friends of the Wairoa Stream" volunteers are working on the track around the falls. "The Friends' have working bees on the First and third Monday of each month.