Devils Punchbowl Walking Track

Devils Punchbowl Walking Track

Arthur's Pass



42 Rankers Reviews

35 Face-to-Face

256 Walking

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Devils Punch Bowl viewing from the road
A bit of the Devil up close....


2 km return | 1 hour return

A 131 metre waterfall thundering from a hanging valley. Evocatively named, these are especially impressive after heavy rain.


The falls are especially impressive after heavy rain.


The start of the track is signposted from the carpark at the top end of the village.


Cross the footbridge over Bealey River then head right at the junction to Punchbowl Bridge.

An elaborate set of staircases navigate the bluff, passing the junction with Aicken Track before descending to the viewing platform at the base of the falls.


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyArthur's Pass


  • Walking
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Ranking: 10/10

Glad we stopped for this one. Stunning blue sky day, lots of steps but well worth the efforts. Great walk if you are keen to keep driving further for the day.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Chris and Paula Lavery


Ranking: 9/10

One hour return walk up to a great waterfall. Lots of steps so you need rest time and water. Accessible and beautiful waterfall!!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful waterfall, a good family walk.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Jozef Pinkerton


Ranking: 10/10

Easy walk, stunning views.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful walk up and down through the hills and at the end an incredible and strong waterfall. Amazing, in the loneliness and a beautiful view!!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 9/10

Amazing walk to a 131m high waterfall. Impressive and would have been great to take a shower there.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Franziska Lobe


Ranking: 10/10

Must see in New Zealand!! The walk was not long and the waterfall is just awesome!! Highly recommend it!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Saskia Irblich


Ranking: 9/10

It was a really nice track with lots of staircases. The view of the waterfall was very beautiful.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Ranking: 7/10

Walk was well built.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Viki Kent

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

An hours walk to see the waterfall. Quite a steep walk with steps leading to a viewing platform really close to the waterfall. Nice spot for pictures. Lots of parking and easily signposted from the village.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Stuart Gange

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A really good walk as described. Pathways, steps etc well maintained and safe to negotiate. Typical good attention to detail as provided with most DOC walks.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Karlee Hormell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Great hike through the bush and up a lot of steps. A few beautiful bridge crossings and the waterfall was amazing. Be sure to bring rain gear. It is really wet at Vista Point!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Floriane Desnoyer


Ranking: 10/10

Small walk, very easy. Beautiful waterfall!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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