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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
Purakanui Falls Walk

These falls are just a short walk from the car parking area, through lovely bush. The falls... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Whitianga, New Zealand
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Suggested duration: < 1 hour
| Purakaunui Falls Road, Catlins coastal area, Papatowai, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank car0lj0y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Karin C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Thank chatulita1
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Nice water-fall. You just have to walk some distance in but it is worth it. When we went , not much water , but if after or during rain , I guess the water- falls will have lots more water. Need to wear sturdy, track...More

Thank Jjasg10
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