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Cool down and be the envy of your Instagram followers by visiting these Insta-worthy New Zealand waterfalls


Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan. Picture / @Rosiekelway

Bridal Veil Falls, Raglan 
A spectacular plunge waterfall located along Pakoka River in the Waikato, this drop has two viewing platforms so you can capture photos from both the top and bottom. Waterfall height: 55m. Time: 10-minute walk from the carpark. Getting there: 20-minute drive from Raglan township or one-hour drive from Hamilton. Visit waterfalls.co.nz

Kitekite Falls, Piha
This is one of the most well-known waterfalls in Auckland, located in the Waitakere Ranges. It's a multi-tiered waterfall with a large swimming hole at the bottom. Waterfall height: 40m. Time: 45-minute walk from the carpark to the falls via the Kitekite Falls Track. Getting there: A one-hour drive from Auckland. Visit regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt

Whangarei Falls, Whangarei
A classic curtain waterfall, the Whangarei Falls are located in the Whangarei Scenic Reserve. At the bottom is a very popular swimming spot. Waterfall height: 26m Time: Two-minute walk. Getting there: 10-minute drive from Whangarei. Visit wdc.govt.nz

Owharoa Falls, Karangahake Gorge
Owharoa Falls is a charming staircase waterfall located between Paeroa and Waihi, and is an ideal stop for a picnic to break up a trip. Waterfall height: 6m Time: Five-minute walk from the road: Getting there: Just off SH2 in between Waihi and Paeroa, approximately 10 minutes either way. Visit thecoromandel.com

Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri
An impressive drop waterfall located in the Bay of Islands, Rainbow Falls has three different viewing platforms so you can get your shot from multiple angles. Waterfall height: 27m Time: 400m walk. Getting there: 10-minute drive from Kerikeri township. Visit doc.govt.nz

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Fairy Falls, Henderson
This multi-tiered cascade is a hit among locals and is situated in the central area of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Waterfall Height: 15m Time: 45-minute walk. Getting there: 40-minute drive from Auckland City. Visit regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Mt Damper Falls, Taranaki
One of the highest waterfalls in the North Island, this waterfall can only be accessed from the viewing platform. Waterfall height: 74m. Time: 15-minute walk. Getting there: 1 hour 20 minutes from New Plymouth. Visit doc.govt.nz

Purakaunui Falls, The Catlins 
This cascading three-tiered waterfall is one of Otago’s most photographed and iconic spots, located in Catlins Conservation Park. Waterfall height: 20m Time: 10 minutes Getting there: Approximately two hours from either Dunedin or Invercargill. Visit doc.govt.nz

McLean Falls, The Catlins 
The McLean Falls on the Tautuku River is also set in Catlins Conservation Park. It has a number of terraces and is often described as one of the most spectacular falls in the region. Waterfall height: 22m. Time: 40-minute walk. Getting there: Approximately two hours from either Dunedin or Invercargill. Visit doc.govt.nz

Humboldt Falls, Milford
Located in Fiordland National Park, this is one of the tallest and most impressive waterfalls in the area. With an easy walking track in and out, the falls can only be seen from the official viewing platform. Waterfall height: 275m. Time: 30-minute walk. Getting there: Allow for a two-hour drive from Te Anau. Visit doc.govt.nz

Sutherland Falls, near Milford Sound 
This is New Zealand’s tallest waterfall with a 580m drop - the only downfall is that it's not easily accessed. To visit it you can either embark on a four-day tramp on the Milford Track or take the easier option and book a scenic flight. Waterfall height: 580m. Visit waterfalls.co.nz

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