Wairere Falls tumble down a cliff face high in the mountains that circle the eastern side of the Waikato. Visible from miles away, it’s only natural that we would hike the path leading to the lookout at the base of this natural marvel.
The 90 minute return walk takes us along the creek that is fed by the falls. The creek is full and flowing quickly after recent rains. Bridges cross raging torrents of water, many with their own small beautiful waterfalls. Small rainbows form in a whisper of water slipping down a wall in long thin fingers.
But the real majesty is waiting for us at the lower lookout. The waterfall is plunging down the cliff ahead of us. Words can’t do it justice. We eat lunch in awe of the view before the much easier walk back down.