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One of the Catlins 3 main pretty waterfalls with a lovely forest walk which is just as nice as... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2018
Albany, Western Australia
Peaceful and Pretty

Super easy to get to these falls are really peaceful and pretty to see and all of it is totally... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2018
Penny H
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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 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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

One of the Catlins 3 main pretty waterfalls with a lovely forest walk which is just as nice as Matai falls. Unfortunately Purakaunui is very crowded so it definately detracts from the beauty of the place, as does the large number or European backpackers that...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank ferrellius
Reviewed 1 April 2018

The falls are not spectacular or impressive. There are many other waterfalls in New Zealand that are more central and much more impressive.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank NZgypsies
Reviewed 20 February 2018

Super easy to get to these falls are really peaceful and pretty to see and all of it is totally free.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Penny H
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately, this time of year the water going over the falls is low, but is quite a magical place with only a ten minute walk. The platform takes you under the falls but you can still scramble on rocks if you want.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank 422iana
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to visit and easily accessible. The falls itself is merely five minutes from the parking area beside the public toilets. An easy walk though care must be practiced as it's quite damp and may be slippery. The falls itself isn't...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Carlo L
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Our visit was in November when there had been reasonable rains but the weather was lovely. The walk was easy and enjoyable and the falls well worth the effort. We stayed and relaxed the falls for some time. It was almost hypnotic in the best...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank gorgle
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Enjoyed the detour to visit these waterfalls. Not so much water flowing over the falls due to dry conditions. Would be more impressive after rain no doubt. Nice walk through the forest to visit the falls. We personally found Maclean falls (nearby) to be more...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Mewett_Family
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Well worth the short 10 minute walk to see. There are 2 viewing positions the lower on giving the full view of the falls. Nice spot

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank birdman222015
Reviewed 30 December 2017

It was a pleasant walk to the falls but the falls wasn’t fantastic. Probably due to summer where the water level was lower?

Date of experience: December 2017
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