Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Otago with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Favorite great walj in New Zealand. We went from divide to Routeburn Shelter. From Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls was absolutely stunning. Fantastic views all day long. Took in both the Key Summit and the Conical both worth the effort. Last day out to Routeburn Flats was fairly easy but less scenic

moderate steady climb with fantastic views and a spectacular alpine pool. a lot of BANG for your effort.

Light and easy track. Beautiful wood with shade. Suit for family. All signs are clear. But it will be cold in summer raining day. Even it was raining day, the track is not very muddy. I reached to Lake Marian look out, but no view could look out because all covered by cloud or fog. So sad....

Easy Walk we a amazing view.

14 days ago

Lovely relatively easy hike into a valley with a fantastic breath taking view of Rob Roys glacier and waterfalls. For the adventurous there is a bit more path, not as well discernable beyond the point where most people stop to soak up the stunning surroundings. I loved the abundance of yellow flowers. Definetly rewarding.

I would call this a moderate hike with some scrambling over rocks. It is a lot of uphill, with some muddy areas. But I am not complaining – it was the best hike I have ever done - so much bang for the buck! We drove after heavy rains that night, but our Toyota Camry was fine at the 7 fords - we angled our crossings to the shallower parts. The farmlands leading to the track were lovely – we watched sheep being herded far in the distance from high up on the trail. The views keep getting better and better until you can’t believe how beautiful it is at the top. Do not stop at the lower viewpoint. Go to the top. It’s worth it. Bring a liter of water per person and stop at Subway sandwiches in Wanaka for a trail lunch at the lower viewpoint. By the way, a reviewer mentioned dogs - no dogs allowed!

off trail
20 days ago

Beautiful track. Easy walk along the valley that follows the Greenstone River.

1 month ago

My wife and I did this with our kids (2 and 4) on our backs for most of it. It MAY be rated easy. But definitely not with 40 lbs on your back. Also felt longer than 3.7 miles. Health app said 5.5. We went clockwise, crossing the bridge at the beginning. Amazing well kept trail through lots of shade next to the river. Some pretty steep sections all the way through. Birds and rapids heard throughout. The waterfall and cabin and views from the top near the lake were the highlights. Loved it!

Awesome track! Easy but can be a bit slippery at some spots. The view is spectacular with valley, glacier and Forrest. You need to drive 30-40min of gravel farm road to get to trail head and have 9 fords (crossing creek water). So better with a SUV.

The walk is mostly shaded till closer to the summit. The 360 view at the nature walk loop is quite amazing. It’s a pleasant walk, took us two hours in total including return.

Beautiful walk with a 360 degree view at the summit

Nice waterfalls but not worth the drive to get there.

2 months ago

Pretty falls. Worth it. 30 mins round trip. Easy for the 1st half few steps and slippery rocks for the second

An absolute must do when in the area.

We got lucky with the weather and had great views. Really chill trek - lovely thing to do on the way back from Milford sound and lovely guided nature walk at the top.

Really gorgeous hike - a uphill but still easy. You have to cross a lot of fords on the road to the trailhead, so just be ready for that. we just had a little Toyota Corolla that did fine, but it also hadnt rained recently so the water wasn't too crazy.

Tramping till end of this valley! Arrived front of the glacier , awesome ! Just take care, must do it ! Don't stop on board, worth it to go at the end really !

a gift that keeps on giving

I did the hike today. Was beautiful weather after having snow the last few days. If you regard easy as a flat walk this hike isn’t for you. The trail is in great condition but steep in places. Beautiful scenery.

4 months ago

Hiked this a few years back and it was one of the highlights of our trip so now that I am using All Trails I thought I would review it. It wasn’t highly trafficked but can be a pain to get to if rainy due to muddy roads. We had to help push the car in front of us through a muddy area. The views and hike are worth it. While this is rated easy. It is all relative as to what you are used to. This at times is moderate but easy because the trail is well maintained and easy to walk. Weather also plays a role. Look at the map for the incline. I’ve had much easier trails makes as moderate vs this in IL and TN in the US. Nonetheless if you can walk and are in ok shape you can do this. Again...the views are worth venturing here for a few hr hike.

Great views of all the water falls, glacier and sky line

Great walk. It was covered in snow and the track wasn't easily visible at the top.

8 months ago

Naturally hiking anywhere in NZ is above and beyond! Very fortunate that water found on the trail can be consumed otherwise my friend and I wouldn't have had enough (we brought a lot!) since most of the trail isn't that covered, going on a hot day was brutal.
Quite an easy walk though and not that challenging.

Great view of the river , Alpine , glacier , birds.

Hiking with slightly snowfall is incredibly beautiful !
met 2 kea at the end of the track. perfect hiking.

10 months ago

Great hike - harder for the littlest kids but amazing views, a variety of micro-climates, well maintained trails, and a fantastic drive-in with beautiful farms and sheep. Bring a car/truck w enough clearance (0.5 m) to ford the streams en route to the parking area. Was a terrific 1/2 day hike

Sunday, February 11, 2018

nice and quite easy

Leila walk the Whole way to summit

Thursday, January 18, 2018

I really liked this hike but I recommend starting along the water first. We completed this in under three hours and that was including stopping to take pictures. This hike gives you scenery of the lake, a small waterfall, some wild flower and mountains.

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