A short distance before Takaka is an easy short walk through lush native bush to Wainui Falls, one of the largest, most accessible and undoubtedly most beautiful waterfalls in Golden Bay.
Shaded by overhanging nikau palms, a short one-hour return walk along the banks of the Wainui River is a mesmerising nature experience. You’ll get to enjoy the beauty of the lush native surrounds whilst birds flutter between the treetops and cicadas hum along in the distance. Shortly after crossing the swing bridge, your senses will be awakened by the thundering sound of the falls as they cascade 20 metres down granite bedrock into the deep blue pools below, curtained in a halo of spray. A rocky ledge that encircles the falls serves as a spectacular viewing platform and photography spot.
How to get there: The Wainui Falls track begins at the Wainui Bay carpark, turning right off Abel Tasman Drive between Tata Beach and Totaranui.