Summary: Tawhai Falls, a filming location in the Lord of the Rings, is reached via a short walk.

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.

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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!

Tawhai Falls (Whakapapa)

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