Te Ana Falls can be accessed via an easy walk along Kareaara Stream. From the car park a bouncy, well-built suspension bridge provides access to the reserve. There’s a small sheltered picnic area just on the other side of the stream.
The trail follows the attractive Kareaara Stream most of the way. We passed lots of muddy children on the way, but there are no real climbs on the way to Te Ana Falls, so the footing wasn’t much of a problem.
Right before the falls the bush takes on a unique look.
This is one of the most interesting forests I’ve ever seen.
Te Ana Falls, also called Ann’s Falls, has a pool at the base that would be good for cooling off on a hot day.
Another 15 minutes uphill leads to Tangoio Falls. Unfortunately, as we climbed it became clear that the muddy track was going to be dangerous on the way down, so we carefully retreated, and saved Tangoio Falls for a drier day.
Another walking option is the Tangoio Walkway, about 2 hours one way uphill to White Pine Bush. It is recommended to start at White Pine Bush if walking the track in only one direction. I would guess that this track too is better avoided in wet conditions.
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