Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Arthur's Pass National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off trail
26 days ago

I wouldn’t necessarily say this is easy for anyone who isn’t somewhat in shape. Lots of steps leading up to the waterfall, but well worth it nonetheless!

maybe the falls are better after heavy rainfall? Punchbowl is much better

Great walk and views of the waterfall. Good walk when it’s windy and pouring with rain as much of the walk is sheltered

clear trail, a little bit of stairs, and a beautiful waterfall at the end. great little hike

1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall with lots of water flowing even in summer. Walk has some steep bits but nothing to hard and well worth climbing up to this waterfall. Lots of parking and toilets at trail head. For photography best to hit this spot in the afternoon as that is when the sun is shining on it otherwise just shining in your face in the mornings

Amazing track with amazing view at the top

worth the climb up the stairs. beautiful.

An absolute can’t miss. One of the largest and most magnificent waterfalls in New Zealand. Lots of steps to reach the lookout deck but well worth it.

Great short walk. Not difficult but a fair number of steps. Took us less than an hour. Really beautiful!

5 months ago

Amazing track, with forest and mountains. The track is not signed, you have to take the Devil's Pounchbowl track then go right upstair, on the sign "Aicken track". The track stop as indicated on this review with a beautiful landscape, but you can go up until the summit. Maybe 3 more km out & back, very hard and proper mountain, you have to create your own way, reward with a awesome 360 view at the top ! You will need probably 6h(ish) out & back.

Nice stair workout going uphill, beautiful views from the waterfall.

Short and steep but worth it

Stunning Sean. Great if you like boulder jumping, we where with to boys 10 and 12 who loved it. You hear and see Avalanches this time of year.

Lot of stairs to climb but worth to do it.

trail running
7 months ago

it is pretty good trail but have lots of stairs, however very well maintained and view is perfect.

Well maintained track with LOADS of stairs! We hopped over the fence at the end to see the base of the falls. A good cardio workout and super pretty.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Challenging with a 360’ reward

Monday, January 29, 2018

There are 300+ tall steps, 600 round trip. The trail is a tourist attraction and used extremely heavily. Although it is a nice falls, the base of the falls, the "Punch Bowel, cannot be seen from the boardwalk trail-end without climbing where over the safety rails, climbing past warning signs, then scrambling up a roughly worn path.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Well maintained stairs and trail to pretty lookout platform. Nice trail.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fair to easy with enjoyable views and fun times. Did trail in reverse after accessing from Deception River side. Goat Pass Hut was a great night stay.

on Mingha Track

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This is a great overnight hiking trip up the beautiful and lush Mingha valley to Goat Pass hut. Return trip is easier being downhill.

24 days ago

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