- Golden Bay
- Walks & Hikes
The cascading Wainui Falls is undoubtedly one of the most stunning natural attractions in the Nelson Tasman region.
Over the hill in Golden Bay, it’s a short one-hour return walk through lush native bush to reach the picturesque waterfall. Shaded by overhanging nikau palms, you’ll follow the path of the Wainui River, flowing gently but purposefully beside you.
A soundtrack of cicadas, birdsong and the distant hum of the thundering waterfall echoes through the valley, increasing in volume as you cross the swing bridge and arrive at the viewing platform that encircles the falls. Plunging 20 metres down granite bedrock into the crystal pools below, inquisitive onlookers receive soft sprays of fresh water on their cheeks, cooling them off from the walk through the bush.
How to get there: The Wainui Falls track begins at the Wainui Bay carpark, turning right off Abel Tasman Drive between Tata Beach and Totaranui.
Photo credits: www.nelsontasman.nz.