Poutu Falls (off SH 1, opposite the get out for section 10)
park 'n drop
Conditions from the lake outlet to Poutu Falls are reported as very grovelly. Poutu Falls is a clean 10 metre drop into a plunge pool - definately worth the 20 minute walk in. The stream enters a nasty technical gorge below the falls with lots of trapped wood. Arguable whether the invested energy portaging is worth your fun, people have hiked out before. To get to the falls. Park at a small clearing on SH1 (opposite the get out for the Tongariro access 10 section. Car theft is a big issue so perhaps camouflage your car with some bush (the exotic kind) or leave someone behind. Follow the overgrown track going into the forest (used to be 4WD) until you get to a gravel road. Follow this road to the left for about 15 minutes until you hear the falls (it really is pretty obvious). There are some bushwacked tracks on the left going into the bush and down the gorge. Once you find yourself at the pool at the base of the falls skirt around the bush (or paddle) to the right. There's a well used track leading up to the top.
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: