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Rere Reserves

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How to get there

An hours drive from Gisborne city centre on Wharekopae Road past Eastwoodhill Arboretum.  Rere Falls is about 10 minutes past Eastwoodhill.  The Rockslide is about 2km past the Falls.

Wharekopae Road, Rere, Gisborne

Things to do

  • Picnic Table - Picnic Tables
  • Swimming - Swimming
  • Toilets - Toilets
  • Fishing - Trout Fishing

Things you can't do

  • No Camping - X No Camping
  • No Dogs - X No Dogs
  • No Fire - X No Fires

About Rere Reserves

Rere Falls

Rere Falls Reserve provides plenty of open space for picnicking, swimming and enjoying the surroundings of the picturesque Rere Falls. It's a popular visitor destination over summer.

Rere Rockslide

About 2km up the road from Rere Falls you'll find the Rere Rockslide. Listed in AA's Top 101 things to do in NZ - a popular free adventure. Also awarded a certificate of excellence by Tripadvisor.

Slide down the 60m water slide on a boogie board, tyre tube or air mattress - popular for those who like a bit of risk and adventure.  It gets very busy during summer.  We advise care especially during low water flow.  Serious injury can occur when using the slide, rocks can be slippery - you may get a few bumps and bruises. Drowning has occurred - if you can't swim - don't slide. The bottom water hole is up to 4m deep. 

The Wharekopae River is also known as one of the best in our district for trout fishing. There are many access points along the road to fish for brown trout.

Water quality monitoring

Check the water quality at the Rere Falls and Rockslide 

Book the reserve to hold an event

To book Rere Reserves for an event - use our online booking form

Reserve management plan

Read the plan for managing Rere Reserves


The Rere Rockslide is a natural feature of the Wharekopae River that has been created over thousands of years as water has worn a smooth rock-face to create a 60m long waterslide, ending in a large swimming hole.

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