Purakaunui Falls Road, Purakaunui

The Purakaunui Falls is one of New Zealand's iconic, most-photographed sights.

The 15-minute return track to the falls trails through mature beech and podocarp forests is suitable for wheelchair users to the top viewing platform. From there the track descends to give you the stunning view of the three-tiered falls that’s often seen on calendars and postcards.

There is a carpark, toilets and a picnic area at the beginning of the track to these falls.


Note: Dog access is allowed if the dog is on a leash. Go here for more dog friendly walks and areas in Southland.

Department of Conservation
Last modified
Thu 27 Jan 2022
  • Activities
  • Natural Attraction
  • Free Things to Do
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Sightseeing
  • Family Friendly
  • Scenic Photo Point
  • Scenic Attraction
  • Picnic
  • Walking & Tramping
  • Dogs on leash