In the Okere Falls scenic reserve, the Kaituna River cascades between narrow, steep ravines before it enters the tranquil waters of the Trout Pool and then continues its journey to the coast at Maketu.

Okere River has significant cultural and spiritual value for Māori. Ngāti Pikiao is the traditional guardian of the river, though for centuries battles were fought to gain access to the river’s rich resources

The 1.2km Okere Falls Track is well-formed bush walk with scenic lookouts over the Kaituna River and its spectacular waterfalls. There are numerous information panels along the track interpreting both the human and the natural landscape. The spectacular force of the Kaituna River can be viewed via a flight of steps beside the main car park. The 20 m of track from the car park to the hydroelectric power station viewpoint is wheelchair accessible.

Interpretation panels are found along the trail with points of interest being highlighted. Hinemoa's steps were cut out of the rock face beside the waterfall in 1907. They lead to the Tutea Caves and the thundering falls. It has been suggested that women and children may have hid in the caves during times of war, making the treacherous decent by rope.