When visiting the North West of New Zealand, the Rainbow Falls Kerikeri are a beautiful and easy stop to consider, even if you don’t have much time to spend in the region.

Rainbow Falls - Kerikeri
Rainbow Falls – Kerikeri

As we were in the area only for a long weekend, we were short on time and had to make choices on places to stop at. With the waterfalls easily accessible from the car park, the Rainbow Falls was a good stop on our way to Whangaroa Harbour from the Poor Knights Islands.

It takes less than 5 minutes to reach the great lookouts at the beautiful and spectacular 27 meter high falls. The three platform views are all worth it. Five more minutes will take you down to the pool at the base of the waterfall. The Rainbow Falls Kerikeri is very photogenic and a must-stop for waterfalls lovers. If you have more time, you can enjoy the walk that continues next to the Kerikeri River, or swim in the pool!

There are also other waterfalls nearby that you may want to check out: Wharepoke Falls (approx. 3km), Charlie’s Rock Waterfall (approx. 4 km), Te Wairere Waterfall (approx. 5) and Haruru Falls (approx. 25km).

Where are the Rainbow Waterfalls Kerikeri?

Kerikeri Rainbow Waterfalls are in the North West of New Zealand. Driving to Kerikeri from Auckland will take approximately 3.5 hours. It is 30 minutes away from Paihia / Bay of Islands.


Eloise is the creator and writer of MyFavouriteEscapes.com. She writes about her experiences exploring exotic destinations and finding hidden gems closer to home. Her goal is to share tips and stories to inspire and encourage others to go on their own adventures. She loves outdoor and nature-based activities like scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, and sailing. She grew up in France and has lived in England and Turkey before calling Australia home for the past decade. So let's get ready for another adventure!

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