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Published March 17th 2017
Scenic Waterfalls and Native Bush
Just a short half-hour drive north from the city of Napier is a little reserve named after some of the waterfalls that are located inside; the Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve. Here, you can find a number of short and easy to moderate walking trails amongst the native bush.
If you can't see it, follow where I'm pointing and you will find the waterfall.
Right next to the road is a car park where the trails begin. Here you will find a large suspension bridge and some picnic benches. The most popular walk takes you to the Te Ana falls which is an easy 30-minute one-way hike along a freshwater stream to a tall waterfall which plunges into a shallow pool, perfect for letting the kids have a splash in or to sit next to and unwind for a little bit. The water is usually very cold, but can be surprisingly pleasant on some of those burning summer days.
If you choose to go on from here, you can hike up the hill to go to a lookout over the Tangoio Falls. From here is the option to go exploring amongst the white pines as well. The walk to the lookout is an easy fifteen-minute uphill hike, one way.
When the weather has been wet, the walkways do tend to get a little bit muddy but otherwise the hiking is very gentle and safe. It makes an excellent afternoon excursion away from the city for a little bit of peace and quiet. You can access the car park at the start of the trails right off SH2.