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Falls in Welcome Bay in Tauranga
is a lovely place to visit.
up Welcome Bay Rd between Welcome Bay and Papamoa and turn off at
Waitao Rd. From there it's less than 7km to Kaiate Falls Rd, which
you follow to the end.
the carpark the falls are hidden in a bush-filled ravine but initially
you do get to see the great sight of Mauao
in the distance.
are a number of cascades at Kaiate Falls that you get to via a steepish
track and sets of stairs.
walk down isn't strenuous - although coming back up you may need
to stop a few times if you are not as fit as you could be.
first set of waterfalls is a zigzagging trio of cascades that seemingly
drop out of the clifftops from nowhere.
is a bit of power coming from them but on a hot summer day there
are places to plonk down in the cool waters.
along a picnic with you as the lower main waterfall is a stunning
spot in which to chill out.
is the waterfall pool, surrounded by flax-walled cliffs, or a really
nice tree-shaded pool to choose from.
are also a number of walking tracks where you can check out the
local animals and flora.
out the Kaiate Falls, you'll be pleased you did.