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Address: Okau Road | Mount Damper & Waitaanga Conservation Area, Taranaki, Stratford 4378, New Zealand
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A spectacular falls

It was a good short hike to these falls. Does include steps. You can see why there isn't a track to the bottom, it is quite a closed in gorge that would be dangerous in high flow... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

This is a turn off from the Forgotten Highway and it was about a 10 minute stroll to get to them. Quite spectacular especially as it had been raining. There are a few steps on the pathway and the walk is through farmland. Worth the stroll.

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New Plymouth
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

It's a long and winding drive up to Mount Damper, but it's worth it. The Okau Road makes me think of the Berenstein Bears - how they go down the tree, along the path, and up Spook Hill.... on the Okau Road you go over a bridge, through a tunnel, and then straight over another bridge. All are one lane... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Well worth going to see if travelling north of New Plymouth. A 40 min return walk to the falls (74m high)from the car park through farmland and then native bush on an easy to follow track. One of the best waterfalls we have seen in NZ and a 2nd waterfall nearby which is almost a good (unsigned).

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Feilding, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

It was a good short hike to these falls. Does include steps. You can see why there isn't a track to the bottom, it is quite a closed in gorge that would be dangerous in high flow. Great to see enough water on it and the lookouts give you a good view.Take care and enjoy

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

About 65 kilometres north of New Plymouth, turn west onto a narrow road which becomes a macadam road in many places. That continues for 27 kilometres (15 miles). You'll then have to park and get out and walk for 15-20 minutes. You won't be disappointed — it's SO worth it.

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Thank David C
Beijing, China
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

A bit off the beaten trail with a few kms of unsealed road. Very easy walk back to the waterfall (1 km). Would have been really nice if there had been steps all the way to the base of the fall. This would allow people to spread out and sit around the stream with a great view of the fall.... More 

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Thank DAH64
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

One of the best waterfalls we have seen. Would recommend this short walk through the farmland. Definately should take the slightly longer walk down to the main viewing spot!

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Thank Stacey H
Cambridge, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

What an amazing waterfall! It is quite different from others we have seen. The walk across farmland and then through the bush is easy. It takes about 20 minutes to drive from the Forgotten World Highway to the Mt Damper Falla carpark but we found the detour worthwhile.

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Thank MJGx2
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

On the Forgotten Highway. A worthwhile half hour walk away from Road to see the falls. Check opening times as no access in lambing season.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

The signage to the waterfall through the paddocks was very clear. It was a very wet day so the paddock section of the walk required a little bit of concentration to avoid puddles. We both have had previous ankle injuries but managed even the paddock section ok. Once you got to the bush it was an easy walk on a... More 

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