Thursday, December 22, 2011

Day 392: Wairere Falls (The highest waterfall on the North Island)

Day #392 * Hike #438 * New Track #418
Sunday December 11, 2011 (New Zealand)
Wairere Falls - New Zealand
My Tripometer: 2 Hours * 3.75 Miles * +750 Feet 
We left the Bethells cottage in the early morning, drove past Auckland and into the land for the first time this trip.  A couple hours into our trip, we stopped for a break:

 I sure am hungry!

 Kaimai Air Crash Memorial Site

We made several turns off the "main road" and there were signs pointing to this site.  It was on the way to the falls so we stopped.  --Sad tragic plane crash...  The trailhead to the falls is only about 5 minutes from here.

 We'll be hiking to the steepest falls in the land

 Trailhead



 Moo.  Don't worry, there is a fence separating the cows from the trail




 The final 121 steps


 We made it!


 ...Now we have to go back down!
From the Falls viewpoint, the trail continues higher.  I believe another hour or so to the top of the falls.  However, this was exhausting enough and we still had much more to do on this day...

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