Lily Pond, Haruru Falls
Visitors, who venture off S11, at approximately 1.5km from Haruru Falls, will be rewarded with a refreshing dip at Lilly Pond
Attractions and Activities
The Waitangi Reserve, which borders the north side of the lagoon, is a protected area for the Kiwi and Weka. There are walking tracks through the reserve, and on a night trek you may even spot an elusive Kiwi. The lagoon is a great place for kayaking, swimming and all other fun water activities. The lily pond is a great local swimming hole, and is very popular on hot sunny summer days. There are numerous walking tracks in the area. In May of each year Haruru Falls co-hosts with other towns in the local area, the Bay of Island Country Rock Festival,this runs for three days.
Whether you’re a visitor, or in to kayaking, boating, swimming, or a holiday maker, you will be drawn to Haruru Falls. The Waitangi River falls into a tidal lagoon at Haruru, on its journey to the sea, making it a popular holiday settlement.
You can do all your shopping locally, because Haruru Falls caters well for the traveller. With Paihia and Waitangi just five minutes down the road, there is a huge variety of shops available.
The Waitangi River has created many swimming holes like Lilly Pond which is very popular with the locals.
1 Haruru – Big Roar
Wai – water
tangi – weeping, mourning
3Paihia – ‘good here’.
It is believed that Reverend Henry Williams came to New Zealand knowing only a few words of Māori, one of them being ‘pai’meaning good. When they came to Paihia, he turned to his companion, a Māori chief, and said ‘Pai here’.
4Kawakawa – Native Tree
5Kerikeri – Dig up repeatedly
Kai – food
patiki – flounder
Kāinga – village