Getting to Wairere Falls is simple if you have your own wheels. The best way to get there is to stop at the information centre in Matamata (i-site) and ask for a map!
The carpark at Wairere Falls is about 12km northeast of Matamata as the crow flies. You need to drive out towards Opal Springs and then past that to the end of that road. Then you turn left and drive until you reach an intersection on a blind corner and turn right.
All up, it's approximately a 15 minute drive from Matamata town.
When you see these Department of Conservations warning signs, take heed of them, as they will be there for a very good reason. New Zealand bush is dangerous and many visitors are injured by failing to heed general common sense rules, such as Read the Warning Sign and abide by it.more
Just in case you wondered, the Wairere Falls track is definitely NOT suitable for Wheelchairs or people with mobility disabilities of extreme level.As you can see the track is unlevel in places, and the staircase is tall and long.If there has been heavy rain, the track can be quite slippery too, remembering that the ground is protected from the...more
Well if you suffer from vertigo, you may need to know about this.
As you can see in the photo, the staircase is rather steep and 'testing'.
Unique Suggestions: However, the railing is high and sturdy and you should be able to control your fear and make your way down with a little bit of concentration. You need to keep your eyes on the steps because it is very easy to lose your balance and fall.
Fun Alternatives: Well if you want to see the falls, there really is no alternative, apart from a very old distant track that takes a long time to walk.
Situated just 10 mins drive from Matamata, the Wairere Falls walk is a nice group activity if you are in the area. Just a 45 mins walk both ways, it doesn't take all day to do. I often walk up here with friends either at the beginning or the end of the day.You can see the track is sometimes steep, and can be slippery when wet, but in general it is...more
There are a few placed on the walk to the falls where you must cross the river on one of these bridges. They are very sturdy and safe and you shouldn't have any problems crossing. I find these bridges very picturesque and a nice chance to take in the lovely surroundings, especially the bush, and having a rest as well. Normally there is no rush so...more