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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

  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*


  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.


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