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

July 24, 2020

After a successful public planting of around 660 plants near the Placemakers boundary on 12 July, we have a further 550 plants to be planted in an area downstream from the Jim and May Brodie bridge. The area was partially planted last winter and was sprayed during early autumn in order to get it ready for planting which is scheduled for next Sunday, 2 August. The details are in the invitation below. 

July 7, 2020

The Friends of Wairoa Stream volunteers have been busy spraying and clearing jasmine from the track extension that will run parallel to Placemakers and along the banks of a tributary of the Wairoa Stream. This is the second stage of the extension detailed in this article. Over the last couple of working bees the track extension has been largely completed and around 630 square metres is now ready for the planting of around 600...

June 24, 2020

The onset of winter does not see any let-up in the activity along the stream banks with the focus moving to planting and, this year, the commencement of constructions of stage 2 of the track extension beyond the Sammaree Reserve bridge.


Kerikeri High School undertook weeding and planting of 75 native plants on a site by the old swimming hole, downstream from the Jim and May Brodie Bridge. 20 students attended and Sandra...

April 23, 2020

Stage 2 of a track linking the main Wairoa Stream track to Kerikeri township may now start as soon as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Stages 2 and 3 of the track along the tributary bank are on private land and are only possible by the generosity of the land owners Dave and Avril Warren who have very kindly granted an easement.  Stage 1 of 70 metres was planted and opened last year. Stage 4 is along the Mill Lane paper road...

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...

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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.