The $3.8m project to reopen deadly Omanawa Falls near Tauranga

Hap spokesperson Koro Nicholas told Morning Report another death was bound to happen if people kept ignoring the rules.

We are there to try and stop people from going. Unfortunately we can't be there 24 hours a day.

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Social media blamed for crowds visiting dangerous Omanawa Falls
Social media blamed for crowds visiting dangerous Omanawa Falls

The dangers of visiting the scenic Omanawa Falls in western Bay of Plenty have been tragically exposed again after the death of a man there on Sunday.

This death is an unfortunate occurrence, very sorry for the whnau that are involved. There's no anger on our part, there are blatant warning signs there throughout the property.

We try our best to deter people from going, but we've found no matter how high you build the fence or wide you build the fence, people will always try to find a way to this very dangerous property.

He said people still continued to visit the falls, even those who had heard about the death.

Social media blamed for crowds visiting dangerous Omanawa Falls
Social media blamed for crowds visiting dangerous Omanawa Falls

Very strange, the pull of social media on these people  it is one of the top 10 things that people try to do locally, and from overseas.

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Signs are failing to deter people from visiting the Omanawa Falls, despite the dangers.

It was raining heavily the day the incident occurred, Nicholas said.

Social media blamed for crowds visiting dangerous Omanawa Falls
Social media blamed for crowds visiting dangerous Omanawa Falls

He said there was a very strong social media influence pushing people to head to the falls  including providing information on how to access the falls.

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Social media blamed for crowds visiting dangerous Omanawa Falls
Social media blamed for crowds visiting dangerous Omanawa Falls