Whangarei Falls located in Whangarei Scenic Reserve on North Island, New Zealand
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Pretty as a picnic. Whangarei Falls in New Zealand's North Island
This lush, Eden-esque location on New Zealand's North Island has been a popular spot to bring a blanket and basket and lay out lunch since at least the 1890s. Whangārei Falls is part of the Hātea River. At the falls, seen in our photo, the river drops 26 metres over a basalt lava flow. The surrounding park provides a loop trail ideal for a hike along the edge of the river.