The beautiful Waiau Falls. © anupamhatui

Head to the hidden kauri stand and waterfall in The Coromandel


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A short walk from The Coromandel’s inland 309 Road will take you to a majestic grove of kauri trees and the nearby Waiau Falls are a popular summer swimming spot.

The 13 trees that make up the 309 Kauri Grove are the most mature stand of kauri in The Coromandel – a tiny remnant of the forest that once covered the whole peninsula. 

Protected by well-formed walking tracks and boardwalks, you can get up close to these majestic giants without damaging their fragile roots. 

Then, about a kilometre along the winding gravel road, you’ll find the picturesque Waiau Falls, set amongst dense Coromandel bush. The deep swimming hole at the base of the falls is a great spot for a refreshing dip.

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