Purakaunui Falls

Point of Interest

4.3 from 25 users.


The Purakaunui Falls is one of Otago's iconic, most-photographed sights. The track through mature beech forest, and then beech and podocarp, is suitable for wheelchair users to the top viewing platform. From there the track descends to give the view of the three-tiered falls that's often seen on calendars and postcards. There is a carpark, toilets and picnic area. Purakaunui Falls can be accessed from two roads off the Papatowai Highway. Turn off onto Purakaunui Falls Road 6.3 km south of Owaka, or turn off onto Warnock Road 10.8 km south of Owaka. The falls are signposted at both turn offs. Dogs on a leash only.

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Lat: -46.516151 Lng: 169.558974

User Reviews



Quite pretty. The gravel road shortcut is in great condition, saves time when coming from Matai Falls.



15min walk. Beautiful little walk along the river, amazing falls!



it was raining a lot so waterfalls was strong and beautiful. from Matai waterfalls there is a shortcut 7km through gravel road instead 25km gps highway route ;)


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