The Whataroa Falls are a easy hour tramp in from the roadside car park up Mountain Road on from Oropi Road south of Tauranga.
Its a really nice bush wander in and on part of the track at the start there are little signs describing the tree species that are to be seen as you make tracks.
There are also plenty of Kiwi about mainly because the locals have a intense pest eradication programme going on. If you leave at dusk you will hear them start up their social chat.
Its just great that we can have these little native gems with-in easy reach of a major city centre. We just have to make sure they stay protected…