Bridal Veil Falls (Waikato)

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For other places with the same name, see Bridal Veil Falls (disambiguation).
Bridal Veil Falls (Waikato)
Waireinga Falls.jpg
Bridal Veil/Waireinga Falls, as seen from the second lookout.
Location Waikato, New Zealand
Coordinates 37°54′30″S 174°53′47″E / 37.90833°S 174.89639°E / -37.90833; 174.89639
Type Plunge
Total height 55 metres (180 ft)
Watercourse Pakoka River
The Bridal Veil Falls from the bottom

Bridal Veil Falls (Māori Waireinga) is a plunge waterfall located along the Pakoka River in the Waikato area of New Zealand. The waterfall is 55 metres high, and has over time caused the formation of a large pool at the base of the waterfall. The falls are in the 217ha Wairēinga Scenic Reserve with tawa-dominated forest.[1]


Over time, the sandstone where the waterfall is located was worn down, leaving the hard basalt cliff behind. The water cascades from this cliff, and further erodes the sandstone at the base,[2] which is cause of the large pool.

Access and recreational activities[edit]

Approximately 15 minutes from the nearby town of Raglan, the falls can be found after an easy 10 minute walk[3] through native bush, along the Pakoka River. Facilities include parking, long-drop toilets and four lookout platforms. River crossings are bridged. It is a steep descent to the falls base, not handicap enabled. Over 300 steps cut into a well maintained path.

400m beyond Bridal Veil car park, where Kawhia Rd becomes gravel, is the start of the 6 km Pipiwharauroa Way walking and cycling track.

Swimming and rock climbing[edit]

See also[edit]

and the map in the Lake Disappear article - 4 km away and formed by the same volcanic events.