Maruia Falls Walk

Maruia Falls Walk - Murchison

Maruia Falls Walk




6 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

215 Walking

3 Murchison

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Maruia Falls were created from earthquake uplift


200 m return | 10 minutes return

A thundering waterfall on the Maruia River


Maruia Falls on SH 65, 40 km from the junction of SH6 and 30 km from the junction with SH7. There’s a large parking area.


From the viewpoint above the falls the track drops to a lower lookout with a side-on view.


The Maruia Falls were formed in 1929. Geologists can date this exactly to the Murchison Earthquake, when the magnitude 8 quake brought down a huge landslide. This diverted the Maruia River, eroding an old river bank, which then became the falls. At a paltry 1m in height they would not be worth the diversion, but after a year, as more gravels were washed, the falls increased in height to 5m. Today they drop 10m.

European History

This waterfall is popular with river kayakers. Check out the clips on You Tube.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


  • Walking
  • Free



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Katie Ball

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stop for a moment. We loved the waterfalls and you can really see the fault line from the 1929 earthquake. Well worth a stop if you're passing through. Only a 10 min walk and plenty of parking and a toilet stop available too. This seems to also be a freedom campsite for self contained vehicles.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

The falls are impressive but would be more with rain. It is only 10 minutes from the carpark. Lots of sandflies.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Clare Lambley


Ranking: 9/10

Not mentioned in any of our guide books, but well worth a stop to view this wide falls. Decent sized carpark.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Ranking: 10/10

Nice view of the falls.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ranking: 10/10

Very pretty waterfall, short walk down to the falls.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Zara Leyden

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Ranking: 9/10


Reviewed over 10 years ago

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