Thunder Creek Falls

Thunder Creek Falls

Haast Pass



15 Rankers Reviews

9 Face-to-Face

476 Walking

10 Haast

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Stoked! - Thunder Creek Falls
A panoramic view of the falls


200 m return | 5 minutes return

A thundering creek falling to the Haast River. Prosaic, these Westland names. This is the second in the trifecta of falls on the Haast Highway, also including Roaring Billy Falls and Fantail Falls.

This is a brief & beaut stop in Westland's Haast Pass. A wheelchair accessible few minutes through silver beech forest brings you to the 28m high Thunder Creek falls, most thunderous after a classic West Coast rainfall...


The track is signposted on SH6 52 km from Haast Junction.


The sealed track takes you to a viewpoint by the 28 metre high falls.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastHaast


  • Walking
  • Free


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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 8/10

21Oct18. I agree with Katrina. A nice stop off with a good waterfall but not much else.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Katrina's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

A brief stopoff. No more to explore - in, photo, out. Busy with tourists...average compared to the other gems in the area.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Christian Bobsu


Ranking: 9/10

Close to the river, clean.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Lovely walk to falls and good waterfall.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Short walk from the road to a nice waterfall, worth a picture.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Gillian Rowe


Ranking: 10/10

Lots of fun to do these short walks.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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United States

Ranking: 4/10

Yikes! This waterfall is almost directly on the highway, making it a must-stop for EVERY tour bus over Haast Pass. What's the big deal...a nice waterfall spilling across an uncrossable river crowded with tourists. yuck. Now the waterfalls at Rob Roy glacier out of Wanaka...those are breathtaking!!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Just a few minutes walk to see an impressive waterfall, good parking nearby.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Gillian de Vries


Ranking: 8/10

Worth a stop. Lovely forested walks. Easily accessed by all.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jvjm Family


Ranking: 9/10

Very convenient that you don't have to make a long walk to see this marvellous site.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Spectacular with easy access.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

Anna's avatar


United States

Ranking: 9/10

Easy trek to a wonderful waterfall that is right on the side of the road. A nice little stop off along the way.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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kararina Kosten


Ranking: 10/10

lovely falls with nice scenery sit at the side of the road. Lovely!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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