Ben, Jono and Max
So another glorious Monday rolled around and that tingling feeling returned, deep in the loins of the #themondaycrew. It was time to lace up the activity shoes, put unsuccessful tinder dates behind us (Ben), limber up, and slap on our adventure caps for yet another walk on the wild side of nature.
This week’s destination was the wonderous Wairere Falls - at an impressive 153m high, it is the tallest waterfall in the north island and well worth the walk! Our day began with painful banter, but a nice scenic drive past the natural Opal Hot Springs. The falls are located on the Matamata side of Kaimais and are fairly well sign posted so Google Maps wasn't needed. Being so close to Hobbiton, Ben was naturally feeling quite at home - his sense of belonging was palpable. The feel of the bush however was more tropical which took Max back to his time in Nam..
As there weren't many people on the path (unsurprising as it was the middle of winter) the beautiful bridges overlooking streams along the way kept us very entertained. Almost tempting Max to whip out a dirty Manu. The trail includes a few wooden step sections that are perfect for getting the heart rate going, but the lookout at around 30mins keeps you motivated as it gives stunning views of the waterfall. A bit of caution was needed after the lookout as there were a few parts that were more slippery than Jono on a night out. We’re sure these parts will dry out in the summer. The classic hot/cold mix of Waikato weather added to the experience and the storm that welcomed us as we reached the summit was a fantastic addition.
The trail includes a few wooden step sections that are perfect for getting the heart rate going, but the lookout at around 30mins keeps you motivated as it gives stunning views of the waterfall.
Although attempts for the perfect #themondaycrew selfie were tested by the stormy conditions, we made it through and the crucial snapchats/insta pics were sent, much to the satisfaction of our outrageously large social media following. Pause for applause. The sun did shine upon us after about 20mins and we were able to soak up the incredible views in a little more comfort. There is a great platform at the summit and also a few rocky ledges where the more daring can get their necessary pics. Because did you ever really climb the mountain if you didn't get a photo at the top..? The trek back saw many ungraceful falls averted with catlike reflexes and pure luck. As per tradition we had a spiritual dip in the waterhole. Young Benny took his kit off for a natural shower, enjoying the freezing, but beautifully clean water.
A quick walk back to the car meant we were ready for yet another, more tasteful tradition - Pie time. The local bakery in Matamata supplied the goods and many pies were deleted in astonishing fashion, however we may not be allowed back after the state of our bare feet in the bakery.. Thanks Max. All in all another successful Monday with #themondaycrew. Truly a magnificent trail with stunning views, certainly one of the highlights of our adventures so far.
Approximate Walking Time: allow 3-4 hours return
Driving Time from Hamilton: approx 45mins - 1 hour