The easy 30 minute return walk is through a heritage trail using old train tracks used until 1971. The sheltered bush trail means a natural umbrella from the elements with mossy trunks setting the scene for a picturesque stream (Matai) whetting the appetite for two waterfalls.
Matai Falls. There used to be a sizable township (Caberfeidh), today little remains, just nature regenerating and the falls, which resemble a bridal veil. If you look carefully you might spot the remains of the Catlins Branch railway as you travel south, much of the track formation remains today. Look for regular grooved indented grassy tracks. The walking trail continues following the old railway tracks. The railway opened in 1915. The waterfall sign indicates to follow the main track. The last 3km of road to the falls is a narrow gravel road.
This is a manmade waterfall. The 10 metre fall was formed when rocks were mined for the foundations of the railway. Today the waterfall is nestled in regenerating podocarp forest surrounded by mossy trees.
- Length: 1.2km (return)
- Duration: 40 minutes
- Grade: Easy, good family friendly walk