Maraetotara Falls Heritage Walk is a short but scenic drive from Hastings. Most of the way it’s the same route as to Ocean Beach. This beautiful day saw lots of paragliders circling peaks reminiscent of Te Mata Peak.
Maraetotara Road widens to provide ample parking. There are at least two different entrances to the walkway. Above is the second when approaching from Waimarama Road.
From the entrance I descended to the river. A path follows the river in both directions. There is no indication of the way to the falls, so I headed east.
I assume that the water tower just visible through the trees below was part of the historic Havelock North hydro-electric power station. It is visible from Maraetotara Road, and marks another entrance to the walkway.
I’ve read that I could walk about an hour on the tracks around the falls. There wasn’t so much daylight left on a winter’s day, and the river is in a gully, so after walking some distance to the east, I decided that the falls was in the other direction, and turned back to the west.
The smaller falls are the first you see. These flow over pipes that I believe used to carry water to the power plant.
From what I’ve read I can’t quite tell whether the falls themselves were actually created to power the plant. It is clear that people enjoy swimming in the pool in the summer.
It’s a beautiful setting, a great place for a swim, and a good place for a short walk.
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