The walk is popular with families and can be very busy throughout the day over the peak summer months when people flock to the Nelson/Tasman region.
The best time to complete this walk is in autumn when there are fewer people in the area, and while temperatures remain warm after the summer. You’ll also get to appreciate the natural flair and colour of nearby Takaka, where the locals will stop to chat. Some steep drop-offs. The track climbs rapidly alongside spectacular granite boulders, following the Wainui River. There’s a great suspension bridge on the way – below this you can see old logs piled up after massive floods. You’ll know you’re close to the falls when you can hear the sound of rushing water. Keep a look out for the Powelliphanta snail, amongst the largest snails in the world. No dogs please. 1 hr 20 min return, 3.4km.