Purakaunui Falls Walk

Purakaunui Falls Walk

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1 km return | 20 minutes return

The Pūrākaunui Falls is one of Otago’s iconic, most-photographed sights. The track through mature forest is suitable for wheelchair users to the top viewing platform.

These much photographed falls split into many minor cascades over two tiers. The wide bluff is framed with vegetation , making a picturesque setting.

Access

10 km east of Maclennan, Purakanui Falls are signposted to the right along Waikoata Valley Road (unsealed). After 4 km turn left into Purakanui Falls Road and the start of the track is 200 metres further on, opposite a large parking bay with toilets and picnic benches.

Track

The metalled track weaves through a mixed forest of silver beech and podocarps, with some species highlighted by labels.

A lookout above the falls doesn’t really do them justice. It’s only when you descend to the viewing platform at stream level that they come into their own.

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South IslandSouthlandOwaka

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Nicole and Timm

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Probably the most beautiful waterfall we have seen in the South Island. Nice and easy to walk there.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Maarten

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Nice, but we have seen a lot of waterfalls in our time in New Zealand and this one is far from the best.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anna

Ireland

Ranking: 6/10

Gorgeous waterfalls with different tiers. A nice short walk to a viewpoint.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anthony Terry

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

The perfect place to enjoy a picnic. Fab views!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Flo

France

Ranking: 10/10

Impressive falls and great little walk within the forest. You arrive very close to the falls. Worth it!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Elien Dauwe

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

We visited a number of waterfalls whilst driving through the beautiful Catlins area. Short walks to the stunning waterfalls, lovely area to drive through.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Simon Dauwe

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful lookout points, waterfalls and walks!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Alan Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A short walk through forest in a scenic reserve which is absolutely magical. The vegetation is wonderful with lots of ferns and tree ferns, and even on a wet day were entranced. well worth a stop - it will only take less than half an hour.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Franco Panizza

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing spot to see - amazing sunset.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Sabine

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Such a nice walk through the rainforest and the waterfall was just stunning.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Patrick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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CMG

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Expected to be impressed, but the falls were just average, and the water was quite muddy. Not very pretty or picturesque when we visited. On the other hand, McLean Falls were utterly magical! Like stepping back in time…

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Laura Schratt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Short walk to the falls. They are really beautiful, especially when the creek has a lot of water. On the way to the falls you go through a native rainforest. We can recommend it!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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