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Southern Scenic Road Trip: Wildlife Safari Road Trip, The Catlins

Purakaunui Falls

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Purakaunui Falls waterfalls, The Catlins lower lookout Purakaunui Falls waterfalls, The Catlins lower lookout

The most photographed waterfalls in New Zealand. The Purakaunui Falls are very easy to reach as well as the must see waterfalls on this journey. At Catlins Lake, turn off the Southern Scenic Route and continue on Purakaunui Falls Road. This takes you directly to the waterfall car park. From the top viewing platform it is another 7 minutes to the wooden stairs and lower platform. The best views are from the lower platform.  The best time to photograph is autumn with the deciduous tree fall. The waterfalls have even has featured on a postage stamp. The rainforest track is suitable for wheelchair users to the top viewing point.

  • Duration: 10 minute (one way)
  • Grade: very easy
  • Carpark: Plenty of space
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Picnic area: Yes
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