Wairere Falls

Hi guys,

During ANZAC day (25th Apr), I finally got to visit Wairere Falls. A place I’ve been dying to go to for a few months now. It’s the highest waterfall in the North Island and you can see just how big it is on the way to the entrance.

The walking track to the falls is located on Goodwin Road; around 15 mins drive from Matamata town centre. The track is quite straightforward with signs to help you. It has a few bridges for you to look at the boulders and streams laying about.

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My attempt at getting the smooth water effect

I’m not sure if the track is usually as slippery and muddy, or if it was due to the intense rainfall we had the week before, but I tripped quite a few times so be careful when trekking here as the track has a lot of rocks, tree roots and high steps that make it easy to slip and fall. Most of the walk is covered within the forest of trees so it’s not too hot and there’s no searing sun blasting onto your neck. You’re also allowed to take dogs here which makes for a great family trip or even a great day for your beloved pet.

The first lookout is around 45 mins and from here you can see a direct view of the 153m waterfall.

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Wairere Falls

If you’re not already exhausted from the walk to the lookout, you can walk a further 45 mins to the second lookout at the top of the falls. It is absolutely worth it to get to the top. The views you get are stunning and the weather we had that day just topped it off. You know you’re almost there when you start hearing the sound of rushing water, and not long after you turn a corner and can see a beautiful shallow stream.

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Stream at the top

If you continue walking downstream, you reach the cliff edge where the waterfall starts and the water is so shallow that you can walk right up to the edge and in the stream where you can see the Waikato plains below you. You feel like you’re on top of the world. There was even a family grilling sausages on a portable BBQ for lunch! If you bring along packed sandwiches and some snacks it would make one of the best places to eat lunch with a view ๐Ÿ™‚

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Walking to the edge of the waterfall

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We made it !

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Picturesque

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The Amazing View of our flat Waikato Plains

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Soaking it all in

The path back is the same way you came up but its a lot faster and easier! This is a must go place if you’re ever driving past the Waikato.

-medlabgeek

 

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High Tea at Bellini

Hello my chums !

It’s been super long since I last posted but I will be posting more often now as my exams are over and I have officially settled into my place at Rotorua ๐Ÿ™‚

A few days before I left, I had a nice relaxing girls day with my bestie (her blog can be found here). The weather was perfect ! Sunny but not too hot with a little wind. We decided to go have high tea and we’ve already tried the one at Langham and Orbit so after a little digging through the web, we decided on Bellini at Hilton Hotel.

They are situated right at the pier so you can see all the ferries come by and the views are awesome for photos.

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The bar was very quiet and easy to talk and chat, I think it may be because it was on a Thursday and most people are at work. The staff are very friendly and the service was great but not overwhelming like most high teas. They leave you alone to talk and take photos. We chose the traditional option where you can choose from a selection of teas or coffee’s but they do have other options where a cocktail is included or whisky etc (the price will differ depending on what option). The traditional high tea cost $39 which is reasonable compared to all the other high teas which are around the $40-$50 mark.

The savouries and scones come out in flat plates and the desserts in the traditional 3 tier plates. Personally I loved their scones and savouries more than their dessert (and I love cake) but the passionfruit tart was delicious !

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I also found it very cute and a nice little touch that they added macaroons to our drinks.


I would’ve liked a better selection of tea though (Langham has much more options of unique teas and drinks that are included in your high tea, and you get to choose 2! You can read about that here).

The interior is decorated really nicely with nice big sofas and ottomans and comfy chairs but the tables were a bit low for us to sit and eat comfortable, it seemed more like a table for us to place our drinks so that we can talk rather than a place to eat. Nevertheless the food and location is amazing and I do recommended coming here for a few hours to eat and enjoy the scenery and catch up with some friends !

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-medlabgeek