New Zealand is filled with forests, national parks and alpine ranges where you will find some of the finest waterfalls in the world. Abundant natural beauty makes this country one of the most picturesque places in the world. We explore some of the trickling wonders to gushing beauties of waterfalls that New Zealand has to visit.
Huka Falls, located just out of Taupo, claims to be the best waterfall in New Zealand. Like a scene from a fairytale, the bright turquoise waters rushing towards the earth is an incredible moment to capture. Other activities include boating, hiking, biking, and photography. Check out some epic drone footage below:
Thunder Creek Falls
The Thunder Creek Falls is a 96-meter waterfall that is located in Mt Aspiring National Park near the Haast Highway. Featuring a beautiful walk, which is just a 10-minute return journey, where you will get to see this beautiful waterfall from a viewing platform. This waterfall is a fantastic stopover option for those traveling into Wanaka, and its track is fit for all fitness levels.
A cruise goes along this fiord which makes this waterfall even more spectacular. Splashing into the famous Milford Sound, Stirling Falls is one of the few permanent waterfalls in the area. Fun fact: the Alkali Facility in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was set above the Stirling Falls. This water feature is most popular among thrill-seeking kayakers and canoeists.
A definite must-visit if you're exploring the Karangahake Gorge, especially if you've taken up the challenge of cycling the Hauraki Rail Trail. The staircase-like Owahroa Falls is roughly a 2-hour drive away from Aukland and consists of three waterfalls that plunge into a scenic swimming spot.
The McLean Falls is part of the Tautuku River in Catlins Conservation Park. Blessed with the best flora, McLean Falls has a winding path surrounded by many types of shrubs and plants. This waterfall tumbles into a deep gorge after descending over numerous steep terraces.
This waterfall is located in Tongariro National Park, plunging over the fringes of an ancient lava flow that's enriched by beech forests. A perfect match to the mesmerizing scene from The Hobbit, the Tawhai Falls makes for the perfect spot to catch the morning sun sparkling in the blue waters.
Devil's Punchbowl Falls
A one hour return hiking journey at the stunning Devil's Punchbowl Falls will leave you speechless as you are surrounded by native birds. Be prepared to get up close and personal with this spectacular 111-meter waterfall as you enjoy the scenery.
Only a 10-minute walk into the Catlin Forest Park, you will find the iconic Purakanui Falls. This waterfall is most popular for being the face of New Zealand's travel postcards and is frequently visited by tourists along the Southern Scenic Route of New Zealand.