There’s something about waterfalls, isn’t there?
They’re mesmerising, graceful, powerful.
Waterfalls are definitely one of my favourite natural attractions. So I was pretty excited to visit Bridal Veil Falls on a weekend roadie recently with my Mum.
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is located about 20 minutes from Raglan, near the west coast of the Waikato Region. It’s worth stopping in Raglan, New Zealand’s most famous surf spot. Have a nosey around the town, a peek at the waves, and some delicious food in one of the local cafes.
The drive to Bridal Veil Falls is an easy, lovely road with rural views and the occasional peek towards the sea. It’s well sign-posted as the falls are pretty popular these days.
There’s a big car park at the trail head – full with about 30 cars on the day we visited! We recommend taking all your valuables with you. Although there were quite a few cars, it didn’t feel busy at all when we were there.
The walk is short and not hard at all if you’re a little bit fit. There are three viewpoints on the way to the bottom of the falls – one at the very top and two further down. From the top of the track, you’ll descend quite a number of steps. Note that you have to come back up them, hence the fitness comment!.
The view is just stunning. It really does look like a Bridal Veil! The second viewpoint down the track is the best, with a nice big overlook that is perfect for framing that Instagram shot.
It takes about ten minutes to get to the bottom of the falls, where your glasses will mist up with spray from the waterfall. Unfortunately no swimming is allowed due to water pollution from surrounding farmland. Such a shame!
Break up the climb up the stairs by stopping again at the viewpoints on the way up.
What a lovely detour on a road trip! It’s well worth visiting Bridal Veil Falls on a trip through the western Waikato, or even as a day trip from Auckland.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take the gravel road to Kawhia via Te Papatapu Road. There are tons of beautiful views of Aotea Harbour on the way and you can treat yourself to fish and chips on the Kawhia wharf when you arrive!