Matai Falls Walk

Matai Falls Walk



5 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

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Marios Gavalas

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Matai falls
Horseshoe falls


1 km return | 30 minutes return

Both waterfalls are small and pretty, but not spectacular. They trickle over bluffs in rivulets, resembling brocades of jewellery. The white of the water is highlighted by deep green mosses, which encrust the surface and take advantage of abundant moisture.


Matai Falls are signposted on the left 5.5 km east of Maclennan, where there’s a large parking bay. The track starts over the footbridge.


This undulating metalled track follows the gully to Matai Falls. Horseshoe Falls are a few minutes further.

European History

Horseshoe Falls are so named because of the shape of the bluff they tumble over.


Feature Value Info


DOC Southland

Central government organisation


South IslandSouthlandOwaka


  • Walking
  • Free


Mike's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Wrong coordinates

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Patricia Trigo


Ranking: 8/10

Short and easy walk into the forest where you can see two awaiting waterfalls!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Ranking: 6/10

High bushes so no great views. A lot of birds around. The waterfall is reached via a branch track, nice spot.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Melanie Mathiak


Ranking: 10/10

Without spending money you can have nice walks through the rainforest and see a lot of beautiful waterfalls. Quiet places to calm down.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Cymen Crick