The Haruru Falls in Northland’s Bay of Islands region forms a unique horseshoe shape. The height of the falls is not all that impressive at roughly 5 meters but the appearance and Māori history add to the appeal.
The short 10 minute drive from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds guides you to the car park along the Waitangi River.Those interested can take the scenic 5 1/2 km hike from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for added adventure. This would have been a bit much for us with the girls.
Upon exiting our car the Haruru lived up to its Māori name “big noise”. An easy 5 minute walk uphill and you reach the top of the waterfall.
We climbed on the rocks to get a closer look from the edge.
A rainbow formed while we were admiring the waterfall. Rainbows and waterfalls are two things that make me happy! Where was the rainbow the day before when we visited Rainbow Falls?
One of the recommended ways to get a unique view of the Harura Falls is by Darryl’s Dinner Cruise. We attempted each night to book the outing but the weather did not coöperate causing us to miss out.
Back at the car park our girls were surprised by several wild chickens running around.