No matter how you approach your visit to here it will involve some driving on unsealed roads. We came off the Papatowai Highway and drove 4km across the Waikoatu Valley Road which was a dusty trail with some pleasant scenery en route. After our visit we exited on the Purakaunui Falls Road, the bulk of the 9km of which was sealed, to rejoin the Paptowai Highway near the Catlins River. The attraction is well sign-posted.
There is a sizeable parking area at the Falls with toilets and it’s a short walk from there down a trail to get to a small viewing platform. Be careful at the last part of the path if it’s wet - there are some stone steps and these were very slippery at the time of our visit.
The Falls themselves were a bit disappointing to us. We’d read the were amongst the most photographed in New Zealand and featured on calendars, etc however we thought they were a bit of an anti-climax. Much smaller than we had imagined and with lots of shrubbery around it was difficult to get a decent view of them - we eventually went off-piste just into the bush and got some photos from another angle. They're nice but not worth travelling a huge distance to see on their own - we found the McLean Falls nearer Chaslands a better experience overall and it would make sense to tie-in with a few other attractions like these in the vicinity.
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