it almost looks like you are peering over the edge of a collapsed volcanic crater
Prepare to be gobsmacked when you emerge from a 10-minute bush walk to find yourself at the top of the Wairēinga/Bridal Veil Falls near Raglan.
As someone who has driven up and down this country many times, scouring the guidebooks for hidden treasures in the nooks and crannies of our awesome geography, I hadn’t even come across a photo of this spectacular sight, which made it even more impressive on first viewing.
A track follows alongside the Pakoka River to a clearing in the bush, where it disappears over a drop.
At first sight, it almost looks like you are peering over the edge of a collapsed volcanic crater, but actually the river has been flowing over the top of hard basalt rock, which has resisted erosion.
When the river comes to the end of the band of basalt, it falls down onto much softer sandstone. The resulting erosion has created a huge amphitheatre, with a striking classic waterfall, dropping 55 metres to the pool below.