Kakahi Falls, New Zealand

Kakahi Falls may not be one of those waterfalls that you go out of your way to see just for a waterfall. It’s honestly more of a bonus to an already cool experience. Kakahi Falls is found in Hell’s Gate Geothermal Park near Rotorua. Rotorua is widely known for it’s geothermal activity, including geysers (which I regret that I didn’t see). It’s very similar to Yellowstone National Park and to some of the features in Iceland.

It’s rather easy to get to Kakahi Falls since it’s along the main walking route in the park. To get to many of the other features such as the mud baths, you will pass by the falls. It may not look like the best picture below, but that’s because the water is steaming! The water flowing over Kakahi Falls has not long before been heated underground. I’m not sure how much more water will be flowing over the falls even on a rainy day as evidence by the way the rocks have been carved by the water.


  1. From Rotorua, head northeast on highway 30.
  2. At the junction of highways 30 and 33, continue on 30.
  3. The entrance to your park will be on the left of the road after just a few miles/kilometers.
  4. Park and pay the entrance fee to the park. (As of 2018, it’s NZ$35.)
  5. Start your journey. You’ll find the falls along the designated loop. I believe there was a sign.

There are a few other waterfalls just north off of highway 30: Tutea Falls and Trout Pond Falls. I didn’t visit them, and I don’t know why. (It gives me an excuse to go back.)

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: ~15′ (one site online says 40’…if this is true, there’s much more to these falls than I can see)
Length of Hike: 0.6 miles round-trip (just to the falls)


Kakahi Falls in May 2011

Where in the World is Kakahi Falls?


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