5 Gorgeous Waterfalls in New Zealand

5 Gorgeous Waterfalls in New Zealand

New Zealand is known all over the world for its picturesque landscapes and its charming natural wonders. Read on to check out five gorgeous waterfalls for you to explore in New Zealand.

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is located in Keri Keri on the North Island, a three hour drive away from Auckland. The 27 metre single drop waterfall is named Waianiwaniwa in Māori, which translates to Waters of the Rainbow.

Rainbow Falls, New Zealand

Rainbow Falls, New Zealand. Image Credit: russellstreet / CC by SA 2.0.

Kitekite Falls

Kitekite Falls is a three-tiered waterfall found near Auckland Centennial Park that has a drop of 40 metres. However, looking from the top of the waterfall, the drop appears almost double that due to the white water running over the rocks into a small pool, which falls into a larger pool then a small pool again before rushing to an almost vertical descent.

Kitekite Falls, New Zealand

Kitekite Falls, New Zealand. Image Credit: russellstreet / CC by SA 2.0.

Sutherland Falls

Sutherland Falls is one of New Zealand’s tallest waterfalls, measuring up at 580 metres tall. Located in the South Island, you can find this beautiful waterfall in Milford Sound. Milford Sound is roughly a three hour drive from Queenstown and is one of the world’s top travel destinations, boasting the most stunning views in New Zealand.

Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

Sutherland Falls, New Zealand. Image Credit: almassengale / CC by ND 2.0.

Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls is the highest waterfall in New Zealand’s North Island. The drop is 153 metres in two steps over the Kaimai mountain range and stands between two towns, Te Aroha and Matamata. Matamata gained fame after being used as the location for Hobbiton in the Lord Of The Rings films.

Wairere Falls, New Zealand

Wairere Falls, New Zealand. Image Credit: itravelNZ – New Zealand in your pocket / CC by 2.0.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is a 55 metre plunge waterfall.situated along the Pakako River in Waikato in the country’s North Island which can be reached through the Wairēinga Scenic Reserve. As time has passed, the waterfall has created a large pool to form at its base. However, the pool is not safe enough for swimming.

Bridal Veil Falls, New Zealand

Bridal Veil Falls, New Zealand. Image Credit: Tony Foster / CC by ND 2.0.

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Do you know of some great waterfalls in New Zealand? Have you visited any of the ones I’ve mentioned above? I’d love to hear all about them so contact me!


An adventurous traveller who simply wants to explore this incredible world we call our home. Originally from the States, she has recently moved to Sydney to enjoy the golden sandy beaches and friendly culture of the great Land Down Under.

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