Did someone say waterfalls? Well you are in the right place with six splendid sites which are some of the only waterfalls down south that aren’t in or close to the Alps. These are all just a short distance from the ocean!
This can be done in a day or combined with other itineraries to cover a couple of days or more.
Barr Falls are probably the smallest of the sensational six and are signposted just south of Owaka. It’s an easy rainforest walk to these vertiginous cliff faces with falls down either side and a smaller one downstream.
Perhaps the most famous is Purakaunui Falls with its tripled tiered cascade. It is a short stroll from the car park and offers the rare treat of a central viewing platform really close to the falls. Mesmerising and magical!
A short drive takes you to the double delight of Matai and Horseshoe Falls which each have their own character and like all these spots the beautiful bush walk is part of the charm.
McLean Falls are the highest of the lot and the longest walk but still only 20 minutes each way and definitely worth it. Mighty and majestic the word “awesome” actually does apply for a change.
Last but by no means least is the lesser known but enchanting Koropuko Falls which is signposted with a layby just past Cathedral Caves. It looks like a tropical paradise particularly if you clamber over the rocks to the oh so inviting cool pool.