Man dies at Omanawa Falls

TECT Rescue Helicopter. Photo: SunLive

6.40pm Update: A man has died after going missing in the Omanawa Falls area.

Police received a report of a man missing at Omanawa Falls about 2.30pm.

"A body was located shortly after 4pm," says a Police spokesperson.

The death has been referred to the Coroner.

Earlier, 4.15pm: A rescue helicopter has been sent to Omanawa Falls as part of a rescue operation involving other emergency services.

"There are two police cars and two fire trucks already onsite,' says the SunLive reader.

"Helicopter about to land."

A Police spokesperson says Police received a report about 2.30pm that a person had climbed a cliff and failed to return to their group.

Police officers are on site and further information will be provided when available.

At the scene? Phone 0800 SUNLIVE or email

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Posted on 05-01-2021 14:52 | By Bruja

Apparently there is going to a viewing platform built in 2021. Meanwhile, great that the local hapu are ’assisting’ those who venture near. One of our Kiwi treasures, loved, valued and respected by ALL Kiwis.

Commercial access ?

Posted on 04-01-2021 06:39 | By SonnyJim

The falls are a mesmerizing sight for first time visitors. I first visited the falls back in 1963 and stood alone on the edge of the pool in wonderment at this jewel of nature. Is it possible that the only way to make this special site safe, is to have it as a commercial pay-per-visit attraction ?

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