Marokopa Falls, New Zealand

The popular tall waterfalls are on the South Island of New Zealand.  The North Island has got its impressive waterfalls, too.  Marokopa Falls is much wider than any of the falls I saw on the South Island.  It’s not as tall, though, so I guess to some that may be disappointing?  Not to me!

Getting to the falls is a beautiful journey.  I did have some interesting travels down very isolated dirt roads, but in the end, I got to the falls.  There is an “easier” way to get to the falls, but it doesn’t as easily connect Marokopa Falls to Bridal Veil Falls, which is not that far away as the crow flies, but more distant driving-wise.  Once you get to the parking lot for the falls, it’s only a short walk down to the viewpoint.  At the viewpoint, you might try and getting to the base.  I decided against this not because of danger, but instead because it was one of the muddiest descents I have seen in a while.  I’m not opposed to getting muddy, but this was just a little too much!  At the time, the spray was intense, even from a few hundred feet away!


  1. From NZ-3, head west on Waitomo Caves Rd (aka NZ-37).
  2. NZ-37 turns into Te Anga Road after going through a roundabout a short distance from the Waitomo Caves.
  3. Head some distance further to the parking area for the falls, which will be on your left.  Along the way, you will have passed some other interesting points, including the Mangapohue Natural Bridge, along with a cave (that I can’t remember the name of) that was free to visit, but surprisingly dark and creepy.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 98′
Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip

Marokopa Falls in May 2011

Where in the World is Marokopa Falls?


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