Fairy Falls – Waitakere Ranges

Fairy Falls - Waitakere Ranges

A short but hilly walk from the car park on Scenic Drive, through the bush led me to Fairy Falls. This is a 15 metre tall waterfall in the central part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. If you look closely at the top of the falls you can see a walkway going across them. There is a series of upper falls beyond that. This was as far back as I could go without standing in the stream or disappearing into the bush.

Lady Bowen Falls

Lady Bowen Falls

Lady Bowen Falls is one of two of the permanent waterfalls all year round on Milford Sound. This is the view from a cruise coming back towards Freshwater Basin where the boats dock. The Bowen River runs south for about 8 km before flowing from a hanging valley to become the 162 metre high falls. They provide all the electricity via a small hydroelectric scheme as well as water to the settlement at Milford Sound.

Looking down on Whangarei Falls

Looking down on Whangarei Falls

New Zealand has hundreds of photogenic waterfalls but one of my recent discoveries was Whangarei Falls. Just a couple of hours drive north of Auckland it is a fantastic stop for a picnic or walk along the Hatea River. The walk I took around the falls took less than an hour and gave a couple of good views of the falls. This photograph was taken at the start of the walk looking down on the falls from the first lookout point.

Whangarei Falls

Whangarei Falls

Waterfalls tend to be equally challenging and interesting to photograph in my opinion. Whangarei Falls was difficult to get a good angle with the camera due to the trees around the site. However, not only was it well signposted the district council had provided a couple of walking tracks around the area. I took the shorter half hour loop that zig-zagged through the mature bush. The falls are over 26 metres high. Traditionally this area was a fishing spot for local Maori. Today it is a popular picnic spot.