The Omanawa Falls are just a 30-minute drive from Tauranga, and a short walk takes you to a viewing point over the 35-meter high waterfall. That is, if the track wasn't closed for safety reasons. Gates close off the pathway, so officially it's not allowed to visit. Beyond the viewpoint is also a closed-off tunnel, which used to take you directly to the bottom of the falls. This made it a very easy walk, but since the tunnel wasn't safe anymore, they decided to close the whole track many years ago. Yes, this makes visiting the falls way harder, and less safe! But although it's closed off, there are still an average of 60 people a day that visit the falls anyway. People created a sketchy sort of 'path' over the hill and tunnel, to still get to the waterfall.
WARNING: The track is closed for a reason, people have been seriously injured trying to reach these falls and recently someone didn't survive his visit. So consider this well before you decide to make the way over to the falls and read this blog first so you know what awaits you.
To get to the falls, you just put it in Google Maps and you'll have to park next to the road. There is a wide path which is blocked by a fence and signs that say the track is closed. You can easily jump over the fence, and this part of the track is just an easy 10-minute walk.