Haruru Falls

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Haruru Falls featuring a river or creek and a waterfall

Walk along the banks of the scenic Waitangi River and admire this beautiful horseshoe-shaped waterfall. Continue on the trail to the famous Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Haruru Falls is steeped in Māori history and famous for its striking waterfall. Find great views of the falls and embark on a nature walk that leads through the nearby mangrove forest. Alternatively, approach the falls by kayak.

Learn about the rich Māori history of Waitangi River and Haruru Falls before visiting. The beautiful area was known as an “aramoana” (pathway of the sea) by inland Māori tribes. It functioned as one of New Zealand’s first river ports and was the location of an early Māori trading settlement.

The settlement is near many other attractions, including the popular tourist town of Paihia and Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the latter of which is about 5 kilometres (3 miles) from Haruru Falls. After taking photographs of the picturesque cascades, follow the scenic trail that leads from here to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

The Waitangi to Haruru Falls track runs along the bushy banks of the Waitangi River. The 6-kilometre (4-mile) walking track includes a boardwalk section that passes through the interior of a mature mangrove forest. Look for water birds, such as herons, hunting for small crabs in the mudflats. The trail takes about 2.5 hours each way and is suitable for families.

Stroll along the trail all the way to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. These grounds are famous for being the site where the Treaty of Waitangi, an important document signifying an agreement between Māori “rangatira” (chiefs) and the British, was signed in the mid-19th century.

Drive from Haruru Falls to Paihia in less than 10 minutes. The attractive tourist town features golden beaches, excellent restaurants and gift shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs. Big game fishing and dolphin-watching charter companies can also be found here. Restaurants with oceanfront views and exceptional local cuisine are scattered around the wharf and waterfront area.

Find Haruru Falls in the Bay of Islands on New Zealand’s North Island. Stay in small self-catered cabins, luxurious oceanfront hotels, cottages and less-expensive apartments in Paihia. Haruru Falls is a great place to stop and picnic in between visiting other Bay of Islands attractions.

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462 Cheap Hotels Near Haruru Falls

Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$77 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Paihia Wharf and 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Waitangi Golf Club ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (436 reviews)
"Quiet, clean and close to town"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Dolphin Motel
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
The price is NZ$128 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Paihia Beach. Paihia ...
4/5 Very Good! (997 reviews)
"Great spot and a price to match. Thanks,"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2021

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Riverside Lodge Paihia
Riverside Lodge Paihia
3 out of 5
66 Haruru Falls Rd, Haruru, Northland
The price is NZ$90 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated on the riverfront, this eco-friendly motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Haruru Falls and within 3 miles (5 km) of Waitangi Golf Club and Paihia Wharf. Paihia ...
3.4/5 Good! (48 reviews)
"I’d highly recommend this motel. My family of 6 stayed in a very comfortable room with a queen bed on one level and the children’s beds above us accessed through the staircase in the room. They loved having a private room above us. Room was clean and comfortable and communal kitchen facilities were ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Riverside Lodge Paihia
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Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$77 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
The price is NZ$128 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
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Riverside Lodge Paihia
Riverside Lodge Paihia
3 out of 5
66 Haruru Falls Rd, Haruru, Northland
The price is NZ$90 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Riverside Lodge Paihia
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
3.5 out of 5
336 Puketona Road, corner of Puketona & Old Wharf Road, Haruru
The price is NZ$165 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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Ash Grove Boutique Motel
Ash Grove Boutique Motel
4.5 out of 5
2 Ash Grove Circle, Puketona Road, Haruru Falls, Northland, Haruru
The price is NZ$140 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
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Cook's Lookout Motel
Cook's Lookout Motel
3.5 out of 5
9 Causeway Road, Haruru
The price is NZ$154 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Crisdon Castle
Crisdon Castle
4 out of 5
18 Goffe Drive Haruru Falls, Haruru
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A Quiet and Relaxing Cottage
A Quiet and Relaxing Cottage
19 Goffe Dr, Haruru, Northland
A Quiet and Relaxing Cottage
Sunseeker Cottages Motel
Sunseeker Cottages Motel
3.5 out of 5
4 Ash Grove Cir, Haruru, Northland
Sunseeker Cottages Motel
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