They're not really high falls by any means, but they are in a horseshoe shape, which is evidently rare, Niagra Falls being cited as the only other horseshoe shaped falls known.
Beware of your belongings in the carpark - there are serious danger signs, I guess because it's a bit of an out of the way, secluded place, without a view of the main road.
A backpacker was attacked here only recently while in their car, and they were also robbed for their belongings.
After a fun packed week I had one more day to kill. I decided to hitchhike to the Huraru Falls near town. I ended up walking most of the way over there before a local offered me a ride. He went a bit out of his way to drop me right beside the falls. The falls are not too much to brag about, but they are still worth seeing. From the falls, there is a trail that leads back into town. It takes about 2 hours and at times seemed longer then that. The trail followed a river through dense forest. It then crossed across a mangrove forest before continuing across a temperate forest. The end of the trail is right near Watangi, the infamous Treaty House.
Haruru means “big noise” which is fairly appropriate for the noise of the falls. The water falls are in a horseshoe shape and quite lovely. The Maori legend claimed that a taniwha (water monster) lived in the lagoon below the falls.
You can walk to Haruru Falls along the Waitangi walking track, or drive to Haruru Falls township (3 kms from Paihia). In the 1800s, there were over 100 Maori villages along the Haruru Falls river.
This was a nice water falls, only about a mile from the ocean, would have looked even better on a sunny day, but you carn't control the weather hey
Do visit the Haruru Falls, they are known as the mini Niagara and really do look like that magnificant falls only littler. There are a couple of lovely walks from the falls as well.