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A short walk and you are there.

Great little set of water falls. Easy to photograph from the boring platform. Take a tripod if you... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Ipswich, Australia
Easy walk, nice set of falls

Getting to this site involves driving on shingle road for a time but many Catlins attractions do... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Napier, New Zealand
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| Purakaunui Falls Road, Catlins coastal area, Papatowai, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400
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All reviews new zealand parking area nice waterfall worth the detour water flowing be careful the main road lovely bush falls forest rain platform track catlins width bridge trees
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Getting to this site involves driving on shingle road for a time but many Catlins attractions do. That said shingle roads in the area are being progressively sealed. Once you get to the parking area for these falls it is only a short walk to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gavatron07
Reviewed 6 November 2018

These falls are just a short walk from the car parking area, through lovely bush. The falls themselves when reached are beautiful, and well worth visiting. The track is steeper near the end, but as it is short, I am sure quite easy for most...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank car0lj0y
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Almost as gorgeous as the McLean falls walk, such a close second. The falls were not as huge but wide and glistening.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karin C
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Follow the short walk from the road to this must see waterfall. It is an easy walk through lovey green trees and plants over a little bridge in the middle of the walk. View from the top or the bottom.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 58jnapper
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We didn’t have time to visit all of the waterfalls in this area so chose this one due to its width and variety from the other falls on the area. The walk was easy and you can view the falls from both the top and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sarox210
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Easy walk to a beautiful waterfall, a definite must see along the Catlins. Even in cold wet weather this was well worth it

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank EmmaS6856
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Only a short walk from the road, you can find a stunning waterfall. Do it after a rain and it is even more impressive.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank troutfisherman_um
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

The walk to the falls is easy and comfortable. The reward is the falls, which make for good photography.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MintLeafSG
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Great little set of water falls. Easy to photograph from the boring platform. Take a tripod if you want to do some time exposure shots.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Waz_H
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Traveling through the Catlins knew the Purakanui Falls were a must stop. Starting the short walk on a path through the rainforest the first thing one notices is the sound of rushing water, cross a small bridge over the water feeding the falls and continue...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank chatulita1
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