The Mokoroa Falls, Muriwai, New Zealand
Kia ora guys!
I am writing this week about this track you can access not too far from the metropolis of Auckland, New Zealand. The reason I love trips like this one is you can feel so far from the busy nature of these big cities. This would be a great experience that I could recommend to those who want are willing and able to follow a challenging track (when there has been a lot of rainfall) along a stream to a gorgeous waterfall.
First of all, this is a fantastic walk to witness some of New Zealand’s native bush in amongst the quiet stream that trickles alongside the not so trodden track. Secondly, be wary of the weather. If the region has experienced some wet weather in the days leading up to your hike, you may find yourself knee-deep crossing the streams and thus feeling uneasy making your way on foot walking over the slimy rocks.
Here is an outline of what you can expect on the day.
- This is a 3.6km to and from Constable road car park.
- 40 minutes drive northwest of Auckland you can arrive at the carpark.
- Allow at least 1 hour 30minutes to 2 hours each way to walk this track.
Avoid the track after heavy rain, this could cause flooding and make this track impossible to complete.
- 2 L of Water
- Lunch + snacks
- Hiking boots or running shoes
- Even more snack 😉
Reflecting on my experience out there hiking this track, I have compiled some of the best and worst moments from the day.
The most memorable moment of my experience was seeing close up all the native plants and greenery that make New Zealand so special. In particular, I noticed many various types of fern that seemed to grow in these mostly damp areas that do not get so much light. The sound of the water traveling down the stream was very calming. Also we only so one other group out there, so felt like we could really enjoy this little sanctuary to ourselves! Finally, I felt as though we were far from the stresses of the real world, this was great.
This was quite upsetting for my mother. My poor mum slipped over on a rock and landed on her back… ouch. We had to cross the streams to get to the next section of the track and to be honest, we all were not so prepared for this. So I am happy to let you know that it is very important to have sturdy boots to take you safely across the track!
Something I learned:
There is no toilet along the track. Ladies take note! Make sure you go to the bathroom before you start the hike. The walk took a little more than 2 and a half hours there and back. We all had to use the bush to relieve ourselves.
Wow – moment:
We made a friend. A duck. We met this little one just as we arrived at the Waterfall. He was alone yet friendly in a special way you would not expect from a duck. He curiously waddled over to us, then he figuratively said hello. This little one waddled behind us up to the rocks sitting beneath the waterfall. Soon we were lining up a group photo and I laughed as he tried to move into the shot for the photo with us. He was by far the most friendly duck I have ever met and he made such an impression on us all, we discussed the possibility of keeping him as a pet. Sadly we knew that he needs to stay where he is, this was home for the little guy. I think he made this walk so special for all of us.
If you enjoyed this walk, there is another great walkout west of Auckland at Piha, this would make a great day trip and it would be well worth your time to visit! You can read more about it in my other post 🙂
Thanks for reading!