A grand network of great hiking trails runs through the heart of Whangarei (and most of New Zealand for that matter!). Many of these treks are just minutes from my home and lead through the mountains alongside beautiful waterfalls and gentle streams. As the weather improves and the days grow longer, my friends and I are keen to discover more of these hidden gems of the forest. With a couple hours to spare on a sunny Saturday afternoon, we set out for the Taheke Scenic Reserve, which took us to the Taheke Falls.
(Not the same falls in the photo to the right.) The Taheke Falls are actually quite impressive, but it was frustratingly difficult to get a good photo of them because of the thick forest blocking our view.