The main falls are in the centre of the town and open to the public so for first time practitioners they have the modesty saving advantage of allowing bathing suits at the outdoor pools. Be warned though, jumping into the plunge pools in the river is a bone chilling experience. Whoever said the waters are warmed by volcanic springs was applying a touch of poetic licence.
The town is situated at the bottom of a steep sided gorge and access is via a massive double spiral bridge that circles down from the skyline to the valley floor. An experience worth it in its own right.
In fact Nanataki is a wonderfully picturesque weekend away for many reasons. But for me the hand sized spiders are not one of them. Though I did see one chase a waitress once….