These have to be one of the most photographed falls in the Bay of Plenty/Coromandel by far. Having said that makes a different composition all the more hard so left out the rocks and went for a nice flowering piece of herbage…
These are the bottom falls at Kaiate road and are easily got to from Tauranga thru Welcome Bay . So good to see a young family group getting out and about wandering about rather then just go to the mall…
I cannot sell this as a print as the people in the image could be recognised…
But this one i can…because its a selfie.
Or you can have one with nobody in the frame…
I came across a comment about this bay on the coast north of Waihi beach that had a small waterfall on the beach . Really ??
Now that is not something every white sandy beach has on tap . Imagine a swim in the pacific and a refreshing although chilly perhaps shower afterwards on tap … so to speak .
Uncle Google provided some basic directions for a start but the Doc website was providing good info about how to get there . A nice hike of about 3 hours from Waihi beach or a shorter route of approx 45 mins from a road end down a steepish track . The shorter track starts from the end of Ngatitangata Road which is accessed from Waihi township . Auntie Google maps is good or your gps .
The track down got the tick as a easy get to route . This is a short walk along a farm track to the entrance gate from the sign-posted road end entry point with the good old style to get over the fence … typical kiwi .A gate and sign sets you down the farm access way with electric fencing on both sides . Don”t tempt fate by touching the insulated wires … and it gets a bit steep so watch ya footing .
Entrance way to Homunga Bay track
The views from the track down will keep you looking out … just awesome .
Would make a good house site methinks …
Humunga bay farm track – watch the electric fence
The track after the farm takes a short run thru some bush just to remind ya you are in doc country … follow the orange discs .
Bush walk to Humunga Bay
You now approach the Bay itself and the sound of surf on the beach . Just awesome …
This waterfall you have come so far to see is on the right as you hit the sand . Hopefully it is running and the weather is not to dry . It was a decent flow at the start of spring when these pix were made but would assume a dry spell would slow it a tad .
The Homunga Bay waterfall
Rocks in the surf at Homunga Bay
Although the walk down is 45 mins or so … the haul back up is a far different story . Be prepared for the climb ! You need some decent fitness to do it especially if you have a back-pack with weight or left-over food etc .Or the other option is to walk in from the northern end of Waihi beach which is about 3 hours one way return [ 6 hours walking ] making for a really good day out especially with longer days with day-light saving time .
Which ever you do the place is just awesome …
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One of the hiking trails in the Kaimai-Mamaku forest park in the Bay of Plenty takes you to the DOC hut at Waitawheta which from the northern end follows a old tramway track that used to carry Kauri timber cut down from the surrounding forest . The tracks and some gear can still be seen today .Our hike started from the end of Franklin road and as we were on the old tramway it was really a easy walk , the new suspension bridges make for dry feet except for one crossing and there is a detour available although it would be a bit sticky in the wet .
At one point there is a bogey set up as a demo of how the tramway would have worked back in the milling days .
The end of this section is marked by a small bridge over a small waterfall taking you to the hut . These falls have been given the shall we say “nick-name” of the toilet bowl falls , coming from the obvious similarity . Its a bit mean really because they are rather unique in their formation .
This image was made from the narrow walking bridge that transverses the stream on the way to the hut . The hut itself is regarded as the “Hilton” of DOC huts at the time of its construction . It is sited where the original logging mill cook house was operating hence the steel bogey wheels in the grass .