At 180′ tall, Bridal Veil Falls has many things going for it. In addition to its height, it’s also surrounded by lush greenery. You also have a number of different options for viewing the falls. There’s not really a great view at the base, but as you start walking down the trail (which I think has stairs), you’ll start getting a better view. The picture here is from a third to half way down the trail. You’ll also get a great view from the base, and a bridge leads over the river. The waterfall was relatively powerful, so you’ll experience a lot of spray at the base.
- From NZ-39 at Whatawhata, head west along NZ-23 for just over 26 kilometers.
- Turn left onto Te Mata Road and drive for about 7 km.
- Take a left turn to continue on Te Mata Road for 2.5 km more.
- Take a slight left onto Kawhia Road and drive for 3.5 km. You’ll see a sign for Bridal Veil Falls and a parking area.
Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate, some stairs)
Length of Hike: 0.8 miles round-trip
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