NELSON TRAILS

Wainui Falls

Abel Tasman National Park

Wainui Falls Track is a short walk to Wainui Falls, located in Abel Tasman National Park, in Golden Bay. The popular track passes through lush bush and past enticing swimming spots on Wainui River, to the 20 m high falls.

Details
Length3.8 km return
Time Required1 hr – 1 hr 30 min return
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking
DirectionReturn (out and back)
Dog AccessDogs are prohibited in Abel Tasman National Park
AmenitiesThere is a toilet at the car park. Bring your own water; drinking water from Wainui River carries health risks.

Connections

Wainui Falls Track does not connect to any other tracks.

Access

  1 hr 45 min from Nelson | 25 min from Takaka

 

Wainui Falls Track is begins at Wainui Bay, northeast of Takaka. From Takaka, follow Abel Tasman Drive for 20 km to Wainui Bay. At Wainui Bay, continue to the head of the bay, cross Wainui River Bridge and turn right onto Wainui Falls Rd. The track car park is located a short distance down the road.

 

There is a toilet at the car park. During the summer holiday period the track can be very busy, so do not be surprised to find the car park is full at this time.

 

The track is located within Abel Tasman National Park and is administered by DOC.

Description

The track starts off along a farm road across the valley floor, before entering the bush alongside Wainui River. As the valley narrows, the track climbs up the hill slope above the true right of the river. There is steep drop to the river below, so it is important to keep children supervised here. Though narrow in a couple of parts, the track is mainly wide enough to allow people to pass in both directions. The bush is lush, with many ferns, vines and nikau. The track arrives at a suspension bridge which crosses to the true left. Below, Wainui River flows down among large granite boulders. The waterfall is located a few hundred metres beyond here.

 

Wainui Falls are 20 m high cascading falls. The track ends at a small concreted area that offers a great vantage point for the waterfall. You can swim in the plunge pool, though there is a strong current emanating from the base of the waterfall. There are several pools further downstream that are good for swimming; you can access these by boulder-hopping down the river bed from the plunge pool.

 

Return the way you came.

Wainui Falls
Abel Tasman National Park

Wainui Falls Track is a short walk to Wainui Falls, located in Abel Tasman National Park, in Golden Bay. The popular track passes through lush bush and past enticing swimming spots on Wainui River, to the 20 m high falls.

Details
Length3.8 km return
Time Required1 hr – 1 hr 30 min return walking
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking
DirectionReturn (out and back)
Dog AccessDogs are prohibited in Abel Tasman National Park
AmenitiesThere is a toilet at the car park. Bring your own water; drinking water from Wainui River carries health risks.
Access

  1 hr 45 min from Nelson | 25 min from Takaka

 

Wainui Falls Track is begins at Wainui Bay, northeast of Takaka. From Takaka, follow Abel Tasman Drive for 20 km to Wainui Bay. At Wainui Bay, continue to the head of the bay, cross Wainui River Bridge and turn right onto Wainui Falls Rd. The track car park is located a short distance down the road.

 

There is a toilet at the car park. During the summer holiday period the track can be very busy, so do not be surprised to find the car park is full at this time.

 

The track is located within Abel Tasman National Park and is administered by DOC.

Description

The track starts off along a farm road across the valley floor, before entering the bush alongside Wainui River. As the valley narrows, the track climbs up the hill slope above the true right of the river. There is steep drop to the river below, so it is important to keep children supervised here. Though narrow in a couple of parts, the track is mainly wide enough to allow people to pass in both directions. The bush is lush, with many ferns, vines and nikau. The track arrives at a suspension bridge which crosses to the true left. Below, Wainui River flows down among large granite boulders. The waterfall is located a few hundred metres beyond here.

 

Wainui Falls are 20 m high cascading falls. The track ends at a small concreted area that offers a great vantage point for the waterfall. You can swim in the plunge pool, though there is a strong current emanating from the base of the waterfall. There are several pools further downstream that are good for swimming; you can access these by boulder-hopping down the river bed from the plunge pool.

 

Return the way you came.

Connections

Wainui Falls Track does not connect to any other tracks.

Updated 29 January 2019