Hunua Falls

The Hunua Falls are located on the Wairoa River in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park in Auckland. The 30 metre waterfall is a popular point of interest for hikers visiting the Hunua Ranges. It is known for its idyllic and picturesque beauty. The small lake below the falls is also a popular swimming spot for visitors.

Hunua Falls, on the Wairoa River, near Auckland, New Zealand
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Beautiful but deadly

Despite its tranquil setting, there have been an unfortunate number of drownings which have occurred Hunua Falls. As of 2019, at least 16 people are known to have drowned while swimming at the falls. The swimming hole, formed by volcanic activity, falls away steeply underwater. There is a series of ledges at depths of five metres, eight metres and 15 metres down to the bottom at 30 metres. Visitors are warned that inexperienced swimmers can get into difficulty if not supervised. Several of the deaths have occurred when thrill-seekers attempted to dive off the top of the falls. This can prove to be very hazardous if you hit the water at the wrong angle, as the height is equivalent to an 10 storey building.

Paranormal activity at Hunua Falls

There have been various reports of unusual occurrences at Hunua Falls. Some people report strange feelings or energies at the location, and some visitors have reported odd voices being captured when filming video at the location. Whether these reports can be linked back to the tragic deaths at the location, the presence of moving water or some natural phenomenon, we may never know. The nearby YMCA Camp Adair also has many ghost stories associated with it. Could it be there is a paranormal hot-spot in the Hunua Ranges?

Do you have any stories to share about Hunua Falls? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below, or get in contact with us.


  1. ikram malek

    Hi i am a average swimmer .it is a dangerous place to swim.i was almost drowned but after a struggle and with the help of two people who pulled me out and saved my life.i recommend pls go for a picnic but not for swim especially kids.

  2. JPM

    In 1996 I was possessed by an entity at Hunua Falls. A friend and I had decided to take a walk across the footbridge below the falls. I was leading the way and it felt like I was being dragged across the bridge. I was going to suggest we go back but my friend had already turned around. Both of us were unnerved and slightly shook up.

    Then from the driver’s seat, I saw a group of figures, pale and dressed in grey. They were gathered together like a choir at the water’s edge. I asked my friend if she could see them, she said yes, and that’s when it happened. I felt a cold draft enter me at a spot near the bottom of my spine.

    My body was thrown forward and held against the steering wheel. I was unable to move. I cried out to my ancestors, grandparents and God to help remove the entity. After about ten seconds I was thrown back into the seat and the cold draft exited my body at the same spot. Outside my window I saw a young Polynesian teenager in black shorts, glistening wet, walking back towards the falls. He looked at me with an angry glare.

    Epilogue: I was renting a house in Pukekohe at the time. After I moved a young couple became the new tenants. Six months later I passed the old place with a friend noting numerous burnouts on the road. He said the dude had died at Huna Falls. His live-in girlfriend pushed him over the falls and he failed to surface. She committed suicide two years later.

    Then by chance, I dated his aunty nearly a decade later. I only knew this when she pointed to a real estate brochure with Hunua falls on the cover saying, “That’s where my nephew died.” I had an immediate visitation. I asked her who the man with the leather jacket was standing next to her nephew. She said it was his father who died in a motorbike accident. They were both smiling.

  3. Maddi

    There is a legend there that not many people know about.

    Basically’ hundreds of years ago there was a father from a tribe who threw his daughters loved one of the cliff of hunua falls. He also threw the daughter off and it ended up killing them both.

    The daughter thinks her loved one could still be alive ‘ so she drags down young men and thats why there have been so many who have drowned there.

    It’s dangerous and you should’nt swim there.

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