Off the Beaten Track to... Rere Falls
Drive approximately 50km north-west from Gisborne on the Wharekopae Road towards the Eastwoodhill Arboretum and you will reach the small community of Rere. Heading down to the Wharekopae River will bring you to the Rere Falls and the Rere Rock Slide (we should mention that these are two different parts of the river just in case you're wondering if people really slide over the falls).
Rere Rock Slide – This is one of the free major attractions of the river, which can be used by almost all age groups. The rockslide is a 60-metre-long natural water slide. The rocks have been smoothed by the constantly running water of the Wharekopae River. Boogie boards, inflatable mattresses and inner tubes can be used to slide on and it's a wild ride. Care should be taken and check in with the locals first, if you're feeling unsure about racing down it.
View Rere Rock Slide adventure action.
Things To Do
- Rere Falls – Although they are not very high at just 5 metres, the Rere Falls are very picturesque. About 20 metres in width, it is possible to walk behind the cascading water although as the rock face can be very slippery, care should be taken.
- Picnicking – Enjoy a tranquil picnic spot and swimming hole next to the Rere Falls.
- Eastwoodhill Arboretum - Eastwoodhill Arboretum (35 km northwest of Gisborne), the National Arboretum of New Zealand, encompasses 135 hectares of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings and offer a variety of walking tracks and formal gardens.
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