New Zealand is home to countless scenic waterfalls, one such being Owharoa Falls on the North Island.
Owharoa Falls sits on the Taieri Stream and within the Karangahake Gorge right off State Highway 2 about half-way between Paeroa and Waihi.
It’s actually made up of three waterfalls with the most accessible being only a five minute walk away from the main parking area. You can also see the falls as part of a walk/hike along the seven kilometer Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway.
Owharoa Falls is a staircase waterfall with a trapezoidal shape and stands is six meters tall.
It was a 90-120 minute drive from Auckland, making it a great day trip option. A fun experience standing alongside Owharoa Falls, with swimming next to being another plausible option.
What waterfalls would you recommend checking out in New Zealand?
You have another day in Auckland and you’re looking for another beach to explore, one that’s off the beaten path. Head over to the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, about a two hours drive and you’ll reach Opoutere Recreation Reserve off State Highway 25.
Opoutere Beach is the last undeveloped white sand beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. The beach is protected from development by pine forest that runs alongside it’s five kilometer length. You’ll go through this pine forest as it’s a ten minute walk to the beach and coast from the main parking area.
When you get to the coastline, you’ll arrive on the south end of the beach. Opoutere Beach is a white, quartz sand surf beach and a popular remote spot for surfing and swimming. The waters are tranquil and clear in the area and in Wharekawa Harbour which begins at the south end of the beach.
Looking out into the Pacific Ocean you can see several small islands off in the distance including Hikunui Island.
The other parts of the beach (the central and more northern parts) are off the main path and are considered clothing-optional. If you’re a bird watcher checkout the nearby Opoutere Wildlife Refuge Reserve.
It’s a relaxing trip over to Opoutere Beach. You’ll enjoy the pine forest walk and the relaxation of being on a remote beach. It’s definitely worth the day trip. What is your favorite beach to take a day trip to from Auckland? From where you live?