In the Harker Reserve the Vivian Falls were the most difficult to find during my 2019 tour of New Zealand’s North Island. They are in the north west of the Waikato region, only an hours drive south of Auckland. When I parked up the car I missed seeing the small sign and gate. This meant I ended up walking through the whole reserve. Which was a nice bush walk but ended up walking for a couple of hours looking for this waterfall which turned out to be less than 50 metres from where I had parked. It’s not the easiest one to get down too. Theres some very slippy stairs. It’s a 12 metre drop waterfall in this horse tail style. It is much more difficult to photograph in this landscape format but I liked the mosses of the greenery on the side. This is a 3.2 second long exposure. I did try some vertical shots but prefer posting landscape aspect photographs.
One of the first waterfalls I photographed in the Waikato region. It’s a staircase waterfall and the highlight of the Karanghi gorge, off State Highway 2. Even following the signs it was a little difficult to work out exactly where the waterfall was. About 100 metres off the highway on the right side. Theres about half a dozen carparks. Its only a 5-10 minute walk so its very accessible. Its actually a series of three waterfalls but this is the main one. When I arrived there was a group of half a dozen young women swimming in the water. I waited for them to finish their swim whilst I looked at all the various locations to photograph the waterfall from. There’s a few different rocks to stand on along the waters edge. Whilst I also captured shots from much further back looking up stream this was my favourite. It was a 30 second long exposure at f./16. The height of the waterfall is only 6 metres so it’s not one of the biggest in New Zealand. It’s one of my favourites due to the fanned out nature of the waterfall and the surrounding landscape.
The North Island’s highest waterfall. It got its name because it looks like a bridal veil. This is a tricky one to show the size but its nearly 200 feet high. If you look very closely at the top of the waterfall there is a man in a red jacket looking over the top of the falls. If I had to recommend visiting only one waterfall in New Zealand’s North Island, this would be it. The walk around the falls starts near the top and takes you down many flights of stairs to the large pool at its base. There are about 4 different lookouts from various heights along the waterfalls drop.
With a height of 35 metres, the scale of this waterfall is hard to see on camera or in reality. 35 metres is about 10 floors of a building. This is by far my favourite waterfall in New Zealand and one of the most impressive I’ve seen. Located in the North Island, it’s a long drive from other attractions but well worth the effort. Captured in the pouring rain from the waterfall lookout. This is as close as you can get to the waterfall.