Roaring Billy Falls Walk

Roaring Billy Falls Walk

Haast Pass


6 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

9 Haast

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Walking in Westcoast rainforest to the falls
Roaring Billy Falls


1 km return | 25 minutes return

Westland names are evocative of the pioneering days. This waterfall sounds like a roaring billy, the welcome sound of a revitalising hot drink on a wet day.


On SH6, 29 km from Haast Junction (the DoC visitor Centre), the parking area is signposted on the left.


A magica piece of rainforest with soft tree fern (katote) standing like sentries amongst large podocarps, including a hollow-cored matai and a rimu with a a wayward cling-on rata.

The track weaves to a bench and steps by the Haast River with views of Roaring Billy Falls opposite.


Native mistletoe is a conspicuous plant on this walk. Increasingly rare these days, as possums love browsing their succulent foliage.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandWest CoastHaast


  • Walking
  • Free


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Ranking: 7/10

It's a walk indeed. Very short bushwalk, nice big fall even after little rain, wide stoney river, blue glacierwater. Nice stack-some-stones stop on your way to real hikes/tramps. Not crowded but you sure aren't alone.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Short walk, 10 minutes, very big waterfall and huge, very nice stony beach.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Anthony Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Short walk through forest leads to river with falls.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Helen and Ogi

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

This walk takes you along an old mining/railroad track along beautiful West Coast river to some pretty impressive waterfalls. Great views, but not too strenuous.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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United States

Ranking: 8/10

Good short walk on west side of Haast Pass....nobody else was there, making it even better. You gotta walk over the cobbled rocks to see the blue of the Haast River right at the falls.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Solveig Mosinski


Ranking: 10/10

Short, but beautiful tracks.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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