Free things to do

Kitekite Falls Track

Glen Esk Road, Piha

The Kitekite Falls are one of the most famous waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges with six drops into a large lake-like pool at the bottom. The falls are reached by walking tracks at the end of Glen Esk Road.

Kitekite Track is a great introduction to the majestic nature of the Waitakere Ranges. From its beginning at the car park, Kitekite Track follows the Glen Esk Stream up to the fantastic Kitekite Falls (a great spot for cooling off during the summer months – pack a towel!). Though it has a few hill sections, overall the track should be achievable by most people and even has a few seats along the way to allow you to take a breather. The track surface is mostly gravel and level with few roots to trip you up, making it a great run if you are camping at the Piha campground. The level and wide lower section also makes for a great night walk, provided you take a torch. There are numerous glow worms on the stream banks and with luck you may spot an eel or two. A section of the track also combines with the Byers Walk to form a great short loop telling the story of the valley and its flora and fauna.

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