Jumping Into Haruru Falls, New Zealand – Would You Leap Into the Cold Water?

I am pretty sure I have passed the days when you would find me jumping into Haruru Falls!

To be honest, I no longer jump out of trees into any body of water, but certainly not one that is swirling and cold. Don’t worry, I am not retiring from adventure.  Travel still tops my list of things to do, and swimming is fine but these days I prefer to leap off a yacht than out of a tree.

It’s easy to see that my niece shares my adventurous spirit.  Or should I say, it is great having her around, so now I can live vicariously through her.  I no longer have to take the leap, as my old, heavier body just doesn’t withstand the type of fun it used to.  Now, I can simply be the travel photographer and capture the moments with a smile.

Although, 30 years ago it probably would have been me . . .

Here is Haruru Falls (It is just North of Paihia in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand):

haruru falls photo

Actually, we did a small hike to get here so our first view was a bit hidden behind a tree.

haruru falls New Zealand

It was a rather large tree (not in comparison to Tane Mahutu, the Lord of the Forest, but certainly a strong tree).  We watched two boys leap off, jumping into Haruru Falls, or more specifically what I am sure was quite cold water swirling in the foreground.

Naturally, the temptation to follow was there. After confirming the boys were in fact locals and they knew that it was safe, my niece took the plunge.  (We had planned for a swim later in the day, so she was prepared).

Jumping Into Haruru Falls

jumping into haruru falls

jumping into haruru falls

Go Girl!

We stopped and visited nearby Rainbow Falls waterfall, but there was nowhere to jump.

With our girls in school, we can’t go traveling around the world, but we can spend some time traveling in New Zealand. We are on our way to the top of the North Island.  So aren’t we lucky my awesome sister was willing to share her daughter with us for a few months.

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About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. So, when will my nieces be visiting me? I have some great new “adventures” I am cooking up as I read your posts, I’m sure I would be great behind a camera with a little practice, too ;)

  2. Hi Rhonda .. that’s great your niece will be around for a while – and you can take your time showing her lots of life around NZ … that dip into the cool water looks wonderful – and she obviously is full of the joys of spring .. ie happy to travel, try things and just enjoy life to the full .. have a great weekend .. Hilary
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  3. How fun and what a cool place. I’d like to hang out here.

    Have a terrific day. ☺
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  4. Looks like there are a lot of great things to see in NZ. Waiting for the day to get there.
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