Trail Info


Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way

Walking Duration: 1 hr
1 hour return

Fitness: Intermediate
Walking Difficulty: Medium
Gradient: Moderate

Dog Friendly: No

Feel the full force and sound of fresh mountain water falling 131 m down one of New Zealand’s most stunning waterfalls. It's one of the Department of Conservation's best short walks.

  • Spectacular waterfall
  • Lush beech forest

From the start of the walk, follow the footbridge across the Bealey River. The next bridge, over Devils Punchbowl Creek, has a good view of the waterfall. From here, wander through lush beech forest with friendly fantails/pÄ«wakawaka and tomtits before climbing 150 m up a series of steps to a viewing platform at the base of this spectacular waterfall. 

Return on the same track.

Nature and conservation

Kea love this place as much as people do. There’s also a good chance you’ll hear or see the great spotted kiwi/roroaduring a twilight evening walk.

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How to get here

The track starts at the northern end of Arthur's Pass village, just off SH73 at the Punchbowl car park (signposted off the highway).

Credit photo & content to NZ Walking Access Commission

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