Raparapahoe Falls is a beautiful scenic waterfall in Te Puke that features a large swimming hole, well worth exploring…
How to get there?
Head up No.3 Road, Te Puke, turn right into No.4 Road and follow for approx. 2.5 kms past the bridge to a sign posted car park on the left, plenty of parking available.
This trail takes you down to the picturesque Raparapahoe Stream, running through a narrow, densely-bushed gorge. The descent from the road and the climb back up are very steep in places, so only those who are fit and agile should attempt this walk.
The track, which was developed in 1987 by the Te Puke Lions Club, drops steeply through mature tawa forest. When it reaches the bottom of the gorge it continues upstream to a large pool at the base of a 3-metre waterfall – perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day before tackling the climb back up to the road.
At a guess should take about 1 hour approx. return, please allow some extra time to explore this scenic spot.
Wearing good footwear or boots is recommended as the track is very steep in places. Do not attempt after heavy rain as this stream tends to flash flood.