A short steep descent through rainforest to the base of Dawson Falls. From the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre drive 400m back down Manaia Rd to the Dawson Falls sign and small car park. Following the sign enter the bush and descend a series of steep stairs to the base of the falls. Return via the same route.
Dawson Falls sits at the top end of Manaia Road 14 km from Kaponga. The drive to the roadend is through scenic native forest. Kaponga is an easy drive west of Stratford and Eltham.
Plan & Prepare
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.
Time: 20 minutes Return