Trail Info


Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way

Walking Duration: 20 mins

Fitness: Low
Walking Difficulty: Easy

Dog Friendly: Yes

Highlights:
Walk to the well known and often photographed Purakaunui Falls.

Things to know:
Suitable for wheelchair users to the top viewing platform.

Location:
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.
-46.5165, 169.5575 - view map

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 a picnic area.

Getting there

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.

Source: Department of Conservation (Banner image: 'Purakaunui Falls' by Natalia Volna / Creative Commons and Hero image: 'Purakaunui Falls' by Russell Street / Creative Commons)

 

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Location

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., -46.5165, 169.5575