Every time I think I’ve seen all of the best waterfalls in the North Island of New Zealand, I find another magical one that I must visit. Bridal Veil Falls was one of my more recent finds. Being just outside of Raglan and close to Matamata, I was able to conjure up the perfect day trip – a visit to Bridal Veil Falls, lunch in Raglan, and then on to Hobbiton for the afternoon.
Bridal Veil Falls
We woke up early (ish) on a Saturday, grabbed a coffee from Auckland, and hightailed it straight to Bridal Veil Falls. Good thing we brought snacks, because the 2 hour estimated drive time turned into a nearly three hour drive. We may have taken a wrong turn.
When we arrived at the falls, we had no idea what to expect. I’d just seen photos of it on Instagram and knew I had to visit. I didn’t bring hiking shoes or anything of the sort. Luckily, when we got there, the sign from the carpark estimated a ten minute walk to the falls.
After a trek down the wilderness path, we arrived at the top of Bridal Veil Falls. What a sight! This waterfall is 180 feet high (or 55 meters) and is seriously stunning. There are four viewing platforms to admire this one from, and they are all so incredible, I couldn’t choose a favorite.
At the beginning, you’ll be able to see the waterfall from the very top. It’s hard to see the magnitude of it, but it’s a cool and weird viewpoint.
Next, you’ll go down a bit and see the falls from the side. Here, you get to see the falls in their entirety, and it’s a bit more impressive.
To get to the third viewing platform, you’ll need to walk down a few steps. It isn’t far, and it’s much easier going down than up.
The third viewpoint is a little bit further, about half way down the falls. It offers a great viewpoint because you can get the whole fall in one incredible shot.
Take the stairs a bit further, and you’ll come to the bottom, which is the fourth viewpoint.
I attempted my first ever long exposure shot (a style of photography where the water looks smooth). I still have some work to do, but it was an exciting moment.
Bridal Veil Falls exceeded my expectations. Photos don’t do it justice! I highly encourage a visit in real life to these falls.
New Zealand is full of insanely beautiful waterfalls – Bridal Veil Falls is just one of them!