Mokoroa Falls Walk: Popular day trip from Auckland

Mokoroa Falls are beautiful waterfalls hidden in a native bush between Muriwai and Waitakere. There is a beautiful track leading from Horsman Road. This walk can be an ideal day trip from Auckland. For the most spectacular show, visit the waterfalls in the rainy season.

Mokoroa Falls – Walk overview

  • Distance: 1,5 km
  • Duration: 30-40 minutes (one way)
  • Distance from Auckland City Center: 45 minutes drive
  • No dogs allowed
  • Is the track open? Find out the latest update at DOC website
  • Facilities on the track: Portable toilet at the beginning of the track

How to get to Mokoroa Falls trailhead?

Type in your GPS: Mokoroa Falls Track Entrance or Goldie Bush Walkway. The address is Horsman road, Waitakere, Auckland 0782.

Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve

From Waitakere: Take a Bethells Road from Waitakere, turn to the right to Wairere and later on it begins Horsman Road (which is a gravel Road).

Parking is limited there, so just don’t park at signs “No Parking”. You might be towed away.

Track to Mokoroa Falls

The track starts at Horsman Road. There is also a toilet at the beginning. You will find a cleaning station at Mokoroa falls track entrance. Please clean your shoes properly to help stop the Kauri Dieback and don’t walk off the trail. The track is a very well maintained path and it’s descending on the way to the waterfall. It might take 20-25 minutes to get to the viewing platform.

Mokoroa falls track entrance - cleaning station
Mokoroa falls track entrance – cleaning station

Mokoroa Falls consists of 2 different waterfalls, beside the main waterfall, there is also the second one – leading from Houheria Stream (on your right-hand side). You will see both waterfalls from the lookout.

Stairs from Mokoroa falls up to the overlook
Stairs from Mokoroa falls up to the overlook

You can get down to the base of both waterfalls from the upper platform. There is a staircase which leads down to the stream. Be careful, it might be slippery. Waterfalls are beautiful especially in the rainy season when there is a lot of water.

The walk back to the Horsman Road takes approximately 40 minutes.

Longer loop via Strem track & Goldie Bush Walk

There is a possibility to make a longer walk on the way back. If you take a Mokoroa Stream Track and Goldie Bush Walkway, it will take about 3-4 hours to get back to Horsman Rd. Another option is to walk from Constable Road to Mokoroa Falls and back. It is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes one way. You can download the map of these tracks in PDF.

Mokoroa falls bush walk
Mokoroa falls bush walk

Outdoor map

We can also recommend downloading an outdoor map on your phone. Locus Map is our favorite Map app.


Geocache "T Tree Tiny"
Geocache “T Tree Tiny” at Mokoroa track

Have you ever heard of the Geocaching? It is a great “treasure hunt” outdoor game. There are several Geocaches in the Mokoroa area. Fist you need to sign up to be able to find cache location. There is one very nice and easy to find, right on the trail: T Tree Tiny. Always remember to stay to the track. Enjoy Geocaching!

Check this drone video:

Where to go next?

Area around Mokoroa falls is very nice. You can make a trip for example to Muriwai Beach, Bethells Beach, Te Henga Walkway or Lake Wainamu.

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