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Very Pretty

This is a nice short walk through a very pretty forested area, before you reach the falls. Well... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2017
Gordon B
Vancouver, Canada
Beautiful falls that is easily accessible from the car park

Purukaunui Falls is just a short 10-15 minute traipse through a podocarp forest from the carpark... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Spooky T
Singapore, Singapore
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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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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 19 December 2017 via mobile

I think we've been a bit spoiled by the waterfalls we've seen recently on some of the great walks. These ones were pretty small and murky by comparison. It was a nice easy walk and not too far out of the way if you're heading...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Very easy gentle walk into the falls. The bush along the walk is just so primeval, you can really imagine how huge amounts of New Zealand must have been like before Humans arrived.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

This is a nice short walk through a very pretty forested area, before you reach the falls. Well worth the detour off the main road, but you do go on a gravel road for a while.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Gordon B
Reviewed 5 November 2017

A relaxing walk through the forest brings you to the falls. There are a few steps to negotiate but no problems. We experienced plenty of water coming down the falls. A lovely outing.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank brisbanetrekker
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Very enjoyable short walk even on a cold frosty morning. Trees, birds and waterfall all beautiful and a free family friendly activity.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank julieadamson2015
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Purukaunui Falls is just a short 10-15 minute traipse through a podocarp forest from the carpark. It may not be impressive in terms of scale but is beautiful with its multiple levels of cascading water. Consider photographing the falls with a slow shutter speed. The...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Spooky T
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

You have to turn down from the main road and drive 9km to the carpark. It's only 15min walk to the waterfall and back. Nice and easy walk.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Agika901
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Worth the walk and track not difficult. Some good forest photos on the way and the Falls worth photographing.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Golfers13
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Very nice waterfalls in beautiful surrounding. If you are lucky and it got lots of water, perhaps after some rainy days, it is fantastic. A must-do in the catlins.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Micha089trip
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We decided to travel on the scenic southern route from Invercargill to Dunedin. One of our stops along the way was the Purakaunui Falls. A short 10 minute trip thru a rain forest leads you to these stunning falls. There are higher water falls but...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank wwjd1947
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