When Is the Best Time
Best light in the afternoon on a sunny day.
Heavy rainfall in winter until early spring. Even snow is possible until the end of November due to the high elevation. The best time is summer and early autumn from November/December to March but it can turn cold at any time of the year. Be always prepared for 4 seasons in one day.
Due to the remote location, it is more popular by the "Kiwis". More crowded at Christmas school holiday which lasts to the end of January/beginning of February. Check school holiday here
Where and Tips
The Papakorito Falls are located close to Lake Waikaremoana in the Te Urewera National Park. Lake Waikaremoana is part of the 1954 established Te Urewera National Park. The Name of the Lake was given by the Maori and means “sea of rippling waters”. It’s the deepest lake on the North Island with a depth of 256 meters in an elevation of 600 meters above sea level. At Waikaremoana starts one of the nine Great Walks of New Zealand. The waterfall is 20 meter high and easy accessible on a short walk. Gravel roads leading to the Lake Waikaremoana. It is better to check the road conditions first especially after heavy rainfall. We recommend a 4 WD.