1770 Waikaretu Valley Rd, Waikaretu


Glowworm caves. Day trip from Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Bush & Waterfall Walk

Five minutes’ walk from the café is the bush and waterfall walk, a circuit walk with two sections.

From the bridge there is a half hour circular walk with numbers identifying plants such as hanging orchids and points of special interest like the child sized holes in the limestone cliff.

A book with corresponding numbers and laminated photos is available for use at Nikau Cave and Café, as is a map for the track extension to the waterfall.

Nearly three decades ago Philip and Anne Woodward identified an area of environmental significance on their property and secured a QEII open space covenant of 6.5 hectares.

With open space covenants landowners continue to own and control access to their land and are responsible for managing their covenant, which includes pest and weed control work, keeping fences in good condition and keeping stock out of covenanted areas.

Tracks have been created by Philip and Anne and now extend to a waterfall in an adjacent 2.5 hectare bush remnant which was covenanted in 2008.

The grass margins of the reserve have been steadily planted over the years and some of this is part of an on-going project undertaken by pupils at Waikaretu School. Their involvement dates back to when school principal Martin Turner adopted the project on behalf of his pupils. Ever since, their work has been appreciated and there is a special grove planted by pupils to celebrate the school’s 75th Jubilee.

Please enquire at the café for directions to waterfall.