Natural Attraction

Matai Falls & Horseshoe Falls

Papatowai Road, Tawanui

Located in Table Hill Scenic Reserve, these two beautiful waterfalls on the Matai Stream are accessible via a short walk through regenerating podocarp and broadleaf forest.

The easy 15 minute walk leaves the carpark and, after a short journey through native forest, comes to a junction. The left track takes you to the lower falls; the 10m high Matai Falls, which are viewed from a wooden platform built into the bed of the stream. provides a convenient place to view the 10m high falls. The right path takes you on a short, steep climb to the upper falls; Horseshoe Falls, which are particularly spectacular when the river is running high.

The scenic drive to the Fall's carpark (which is well-signposted), picnic tables, and the enjoyable walk make these falls very popular.

Venture Southland
Last modified
Mon 10 Dec 2018
  • Activities
  • Natural Attraction
  • Free Things to Do
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Sightseeing
  • Less than half day
  • Family Friendly
  • Scenic Photo Point
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  • Picnic
  • Self-Guided
  • Walking & Tramping