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Okere Falls – cascading water

February 4, 2010

Okere Falls (or Kaituna Falls), is situated around twenty minutes from Rotorua. It’s a place which offers not only shade from the summer’s heat and a native bush walk, but a series of white waterfalls that funnel a fast-moving flow of water.

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After a good rainfall, the current is swift creating volumes of white, like a cake with tips of white frosting.

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Each waterfall has a character of its own.

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And, all are raft and kayak friendly — if you could call it that.

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I walked this track twice on different days. On both occasions there were kayakers making their way downstream and over the falls. And on both occasions, I missed photographing them.

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So, the plan is to came back to this area in a few weeks time — when I return to Rotorua — and spend a few hours there, photographing kayaks and rafts coming down these beautiful falls.

But if I don’t, I’ve found a clip for you to see what I’m talking about.

Okere Falls is a historical area and a sacred place to the local Maori. You do need a vehicle to reach this place.

Caffeinated Traveller

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8 Comments
  1. Catherine permalink
    February 4, 2010 10:28 pm

    Great shots of some beautiful creamy white foam….

  2. February 5, 2010 4:54 pm

    From the looks of it this place might be rich in birdlife.

  3. February 6, 2010 9:08 am

    I love waterfalls. Reminds me of the power of nature. And I’m sure I would love to kayak down one.

  4. February 6, 2010 2:08 pm

    Love the photographic effects of the water. Did you use a tripod?

  5. February 8, 2010 5:17 am

    Hi Cate,

    I’m totally enjoying your NZ posts – luscious and makes me want to wish myself away to such beautiful surroudings! Almost Avatar *LOL*

    Cheryl

  6. February 8, 2010 6:38 pm

    Caitlin – no tripod was used. I lucked out (US way of using this phrase). I used a high ISO – 1600, and set the dial to Shutter Priority.

    Cheryl – Avatar – yes I’m trying to figure out where the blue people live. Any ideas???

    Anil – incredibly rich in birdlife as is most NZ bush.

    Catherine and Erica- Creamy white foam reminds me of a creamy white latte.

  7. February 16, 2010 12:17 am

    One word to describe this post, awesome! I can’t wait to visit this place! It really stopped me in my tracks upon seeing this post. It also reminds me of my home place, so heavenly!

  8. February 17, 2010 9:32 pm

    Hi Susan
    thanks for stopping by. Yes put this trip or visit on your list. Even if don’t raft it you can walk on the trail which is gorgeous in summer.

    Cate

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