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Haruru Falls
Holiday Travel Guide

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.

455 Cheap Hotels Near Haruru Falls

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$140 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and ...
4/5Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Loved the room, the pool and the spa. Wasn’t offered a drink at dinner, had to ask for it."

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Riverside Lodge Paihia
Riverside Lodge Paihia
3 out of 5
66 Haruru Falls Rd, Paihia, Northland
The price is NZ$79 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated on the riverfront, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Haruru Falls and within 3 miles (5 km) of Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Mountain Bike Park. ...
3.3/5 (44 reviews)
"Room was clean and fresh, awesome shower, TV reception not so great, hosts very friendly, over all a great place to stay, value for money"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2020

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, Paihia
The price is NZ$132 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated on the riverfront, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Haruru Falls and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (24 reviews)
"the property is probably overdue for some renovation as it is starting to show its age. however it was clean and comfortable and the owners were attentive to our needs and upgraded us to a more spacious room on arrival. situated out of town ,but within short drive of pahia."

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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22 Feb. 2020

We did the Waka trip - paddled up to the falls from Waitangi with 2 excellent tangata whenua guides.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Apr. 2019

Be aware. While we were there another visiting couple had the window of their car in the car park smashed and a wallet and phone stolen. This occurred in a 5 minute period they were at the falls. A useful reminder not to leave valuable items in your car.

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Top Haruru Falls Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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$140 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Riverside Lodge Paihia
Riverside Lodge Paihia
3 out of 5
66 Haruru Falls Rd, Paihia, Northland
The price is NZ$79 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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, Paihia
The price is NZ$132 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$90 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Dolphin Motel
Ash Grove Boutique Motel
Ash Grove Boutique Motel
4.5 out of 5
2 Ash Grove Circle, Puketona Road, Haruru Falls, Northland, Paihia
The price is NZ$120 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Ash Grove Boutique Motel
Cook's Lookout Motel
Cook's Lookout Motel
3.5 out of 5
9 Causeway Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$138 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Cook's Lookout Motel
Crisdon Castle
Crisdon Castle
4 out of 5
18 Goffe Drive Haruru Falls, Paihia
Crisdon Castle
Baywaterviews
Baywaterviews
3 out of 5
24 Goffe Drive, Paihia, Northland
Baywaterviews
Sunseeker Cottages Motel
Sunseeker Cottages Motel
3.5 out of 5
4 Ash Grove Cir, Paihia, Northland
Sunseeker Cottages Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.