Elvy Waterfalls Track

Elvy Waterfalls Track

Pelorus Scenic Reserve



11 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

12 Pelorus



3 km return | 2 hours return

The second waterfall gushes into a luxuriant bowl, dripping with ferns. The colours and aerated forest are invigorating and you could even take a dip in the plunge pool. This is the type of setting which would inspire a landscape designer.


To get to the first waterfall requires a stream crossing, so may be impassable after heavy rain.


Pelorus Bridge is 9km west of Canvastown and 9km south of Rai Valley on SH6. Tawa Path and Waterfalls tracks are accessed from the parking area by the tea rooms. For other tracks it’s safer to park on the far side of SH6 as this is a busy road.

From the tea rooms follow signs to Kahikatea Flat camping area, 300 metres down the unsealed road. Then follow the Tawa Path for 5 minutes to where the branch at the start of the track is signposted.


5 minutes on, pass the junction with the Trig K Track, then continue above the river to the first waterfall (5 minutes). This is rather disappointing with only a few drops trickling over the mossy bluff. Best caught after rain.

It’s 30 minutes alongside the river before the second junction with the Trig K Track. 5 minutes on is the second waterfall. You have to wade a few metres upstream, but it’s only ankle deep.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughPelorus


  • Walking
  • Free



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Markus Wagner


Ranking: 7/10

Nice but it does have a steep riverside.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Sandra Webb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely walk.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Ranking: 8/10

To the waterfalls,, a nice walk through beautiful forest, goes up and down.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Will Pyle


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful forest, good information and listing for flora - good signage.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Iris Kerbler


Ranking: 7/10

Did two walks together and it was nice.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ranking: 6/10

The first 30 minutes were good. I visited two waterfalls. I walked in the bush with no views of the river. The river itself was nice and there is a place where you can swim.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Lea and Emmanuel


Ranking: 7/10

Nice forest, crossing of two small streams, two tiny but beautiful waterfalls on the way.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

There was not so much water in the waterfalls but it was well organised and easy to find.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Peter Cowie


Ranking: 9/10

Nice easy walk, well signposted, the waterfalls are not super spectacular but still worth a look. The time estimate was far longer that is took us by double.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Richard Brijs


Ranking: 8/10

One and a half hour (return) walk to a small waterfall. Nice track with signs of some of the trees.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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David Milner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A 2 hour walk in native forest with outstanding scenery.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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