The Tawhai Falls is near Whakapapa and reached by a short walk. Although only 13m high, it’s a picturesque waterfall that plunges into a deep pool over an ancient lava flow. The waterfall was the filming location of Gollum’s pool in Lord of the Rings, where Faramir and his archers watch Gollum fish.
The walking track passes the top of the falls, where there is a lookout platform, before reaching the pool at the base. You can swim in the pool at the base of the falls – although the water is pretty cold!