McLean Falls - Southland, New Zealand
McLean Falls, The Catlins © Bare Kiwi


There's just something about watching cascading waterfalls tumbling down cliff faces. These enchanting natural wonders captivate visitors with their sheer beauty and provide a mesmerizing experience amidst the region's pristine wilderness.

And lucky for us, Southland has an abundance of impressive waterfalls. Some are located right off the road while others require a longer hike, but all are worth making the trip to see them up-close and personal!

The presence of these breathtaking waterfalls serves as a reminder of the region's raw and untouched natural beauty. Whether tucked away in ancient forests, hidden within pristine fiords, or nestled along the windswept coast, these waterfalls offer a glimpse into nature's remarkable power and serenity. Exploring Southland's waterfalls is an experience that leaves an unforgettable impression.

The Catlins Waterfalls

The Catlins is home to some of the most spectacular waterfalls. From New Zealand's most photographed waterfall, the famous Pūrākaunui Falls - to the iconic 22 metres McLean Falls and more. The surrounding native forest and ferns at these waterfalls create a serene atmosphere, and the gentle flow of water adds a touch of tranquility to the entire setting.

Click here for more information on waterfalls in The Catlins.

Fiordland Waterfalls

Fiordland is also home to some breathtaking waterfalls, such as the tallest waterfall in New Zealand: Sutherland Falls (or Browne Falls depending on whose side of the waterfall debate you take) and Stirling Falls, a waterfall you can cruise into, offering an up-close encounter with the sheer force and majesty of the falls, leaving visitors awe-struck by its natural grandeur.

Fiordland waterfalls from tallest to shortest:

  • Browne Falls (836 metres)
  • Terror Falls (740 metres)
  • Chamberlain Falls (700 metres)
  • Sutherland Falls (580 metres)
  • Humboldt Falls (275 metres)
  • Lady Alice Falls (200 - 280 metres)
  • Bowen Falls (162 metres)
  • Stirling Falls (151 metres)
  • Palisade Falls (55 metres)
  • Helena Falls (50 metres)

Waterfalls of unknown height - but still worth a mention!

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