It was a pleasant half hour drive from our friend's house in Takanini, where we slept for 2 days. The roads are very nice on a circuitous path to the mountains. Hunua Falls is nestled deep in the Hunua Ranges, with a 30 meter plunge. We found a few cars and tourists already there ahead of us, some kids already swimming in the falls pool.
The angle at the approach from the car park
directly at the front of the falls near the pool edge
There is a long bridge traversing the river where the water flows and we climbed that bridge, apparently it was made for tourists to see the falls in another angle. And yes, it was a spectacular sight to see its reflection on the water below it.
A wide angle of the Hunua Falls and landscape taken at the middle of the bridge
Those bushes with white flowers are the Manuka trees, where the bees get the nectar to produce the Manuka honey, an expensive honey because it is believed to be medicinal.
another angle of the river taken at the left side of the bridge
A very distinct structure while approaching the falls is this metal frame, purposely to frame the Hunua Falls. However, a lot of people are always roaming there masking the bottom of the falls, and we didn't have much time to wait for the space to clear. I was not able to take a photo of this for its real intention, so what we did was to climb it and take a touristy shot. The angle was not even made to show the falls more favorably.
I am so happy i was able to see at least one waterfalls in Auckland, as i know there's a lot of falls in NZ. This nature photo capped my visit.