Bridal Veil Falls (Waikato): All you need to Know + Photo Gallery

Bridal Veil Falls or Wairēinga Falls are beautiful 55 meters high waterfalls in Waikato area. Waterfalls are located only 20 minutes from Raglan and there are 4 viewing platforms which offer different angles from where to admire Wairēinga Falls.

How to get there?

Bridal Veil Falls are located in the Waikato area. You can get there by car from Raglan in 20 minutes or from Hamilton in less than 1 hour.

Follow State Highway 23 from Hamilton or Raglan, then turn to Te Mata Road, 1 km past Te Mata turn left to Kawhia Road. From there it is last 4 km to the car park.

The car park at Bridal Veil Falls trailhead is quite big. Note that freedom camping is not allowed there.

Bridal Veil Falls track and facilities

Track to the top of the waterfall is easy and take less than 10 minutes. This part of the track is suitable for children stroller and designed for assisted wheelchair use.

First observation deck

Turn left to come at the first observation deck which is straight above the waterfall. You can admire 55-meters high falls (nothing for people who are scared of heights).

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Second observation deck

If you turn right there is another beautiful view of the waterfall -- I think my most favorite one. These two top viewing platforms provide spectacular views of the surrounding countryside as well.

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Third observation deck

If you continue 2 minutes more, you will reach a third observation platform, which is another great place to take pictures. You can frame the photo with surrounding trees.

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It takes another 10 minutes to walk down to the viewing bridge. It is 135 steps down to the midway viewpoint which is stunning. In total 261 steps to the bottom bridge. There is the information shelter by the bridge with a view across the pool and up at the falls.

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There is a dry toilet at the beginning of the trail, as well as a picnic area by the Pakoka River (2 picnic tables).

Practical information

  • No dogs allowed
  • Freedom camping is prohibited
  • No swimming due to the water quality which doesn’t meet health standards.
  • No abseiling and rock climbing to protect rare and endangered plants and flowers.
  • Official DOC website.
Freedom camping prohibited
Abseiling prohibited

Photos of Bridal Veil Falls and track

There are several photos from a different point of view. Bridal Veil Falls are truly beautiful falls to visit!

Bridal Veil Falls Video

Check this beautiful video:

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How long is the walk to Bridal Veil Falls

The walk is only 5 minutes to the top viewing platform and 15 minutes to the bottom viewing platform.

Are dogs allowed?

No, dogs are forbidden on the trail.

Are there toilets?

There is a dry toilet at the beginning of the trail, as well as a picnic area by the Pakoka River (2 picnic tables).

Is freedom camping allowed on the parking lot?

No, freedom camping is forbidden on the parking lot.

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