Pōkeno Falls

Pōkeno Falls

Pōkeno Falls are an attractive 6 metre waterfall a few minutes drive from the Pōkeno northend offramp of the Waikato Expressway. Heading south from the offramp, turn left at the roundabout onto Dean Road then right onto Fraser Road, which becomes McIntosh Drive, then left onto Te Ara Aukati Terrace. You will see the waterfall reserve on your left. Follow the 5 minute track to the bottom of the falls, or cross the bridge to walk to the top of the falls.

The reserve is surrounded by a mix of farmland and urban development, but it has been replanted in native shrubs and trees and it will improve as these grow out. In addition to the main falls, there is a connecting stream with a smaller waterfall to the east.

As you walk down the main track, you will also see the remains of an early flour mill with an interesting explanatory panel. The mill was owned by Te Wheoro, a supporter of the government invasion of the Waikato in 1863. The mill was one of many that predated the invasion. The disruption of war and land confiscations brought an end to many such Māori-owned businesses in the region.

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