Rainbow Falls can be found in New Zealand’s Northland region in the town of KeriKeri. Many tourist flock to Paihia to visit the Bay of Islands and this waterfall is only a short 30 minute drive from there.
“The Māori name Waianiwaniwa, meaning waters of the rainbow” seems fitting. My handy Northland brochure was not kidding about an easy hike. This 27 meter waterfall can be heard immediately from the car park. Shortly into the walk (5-10 minutes) we were at the 1st of 2 upper level viewing platforms. We proceeded to the KeriKeri track walking down towards the base.
A couple viewing spots are positioned along the walk framing the waterfall nicely.
There was another smaller (almost hidden) waterfall behind the trees though the photo did not turn out the best. We were told this is a popular swimming spot in the summer months.
The KeriKeri track loops through thick New Zealand native forest. Follow along the clearly marked foot path running along the river. The trail continues on for several kilometers but we decided to turn around after a 1/2 hour.
On the return trip we walked to the highest viewing platform for a few more photos.
The waterfalls and tracks are worth the extra driving time while visiting the Bay of Islands area.