Accessed from the 309 Road the Waiau Falls are easy to find, and the kauri giants stand majestically above the forest tops. A short walk takes you to the base of these magnificent specimens of the ancient kauri forest that once cloaked these hills.
Along the 309 Road lies the entrance to the trail to the Waiau Falls. Walk through a beautiful bush glade to the place where the waterfall streams over a rock face into a deep pool below. There is access by track both upstream and downstream of the falls, and it's a great spot for a swim.
Time: 2 minutes each way
The Kauri Grove is a spectacular stand of kauri trees soaring above the surrounding forest, with the walkway starting 1km further along the road past the falls. These kauri are of special significance to The Coromandel, being the largest, easily accessible grove of mature kauri in the region, and they are truly magnificent. The track is very well formed with footbridges and boardwalks, which take you close to the trees. An excellent walk for nature lovers. Please be sure to use the wash stations to prevent contamination of these ancient natural taonga.
Time: 30 mins each way
Directions: Travel 3 km south from Coromandel Town and turn left into the 309 Road. Travel a further 7 km along the 309 Road and you will find a parking space on the left side of the road.where the trach to the falls strats. Walk carefully along the road for another km to enter the track to the kauri, also on the left. Please note, there is currently no parking at the Kauri Grove.