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Kid-friendly waterfall with convenient access

Just chanced upon this waterfall on the way to Wanaka.. We heard the roar of water... and believe also saw a sign.. carpark entrance is to the left on an uphill road... so take... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 January 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was another stop between Haast and Queenstown after Thunder Falls. The falls to fantail out, however on the river bank people have built small cairns by balancing rocks on rocks. There are little cairns all around the river banks, which we added to.

Thank Richard W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well marked attraction off main highway. Pull off and walk 5 minutes to a magnificent crystal clear river with a waterfall. Visitors make cairns with river rocks. You will love it and it's free!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

It is well worth pulling in here for a look. It is only a couple of seconds to the falls and they are beautiful.

Thank Orla B
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Just chanced upon this waterfall on the way to Wanaka.. We heard the roar of water... and believe also saw a sign.. carpark entrance is to the left on an uphill road... so take care not to miss it as you approach. Its only a short 2-3 min walk from the carpark. which is a huge plus if travelling with... More 

1 Thank sreesu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

our 1st stop was at Thundercreek falls, pity we could not capture the sound, next was fantail falls about 5 min return

1 Thank screennamechalky
Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A super quick walk from the carpark to view the falls. My husband actually waded across the river & made it right to the base of the falls, although I wouldn't recommend this during a rainstorm as the West Coast rivers can rise very quickly & unexpectedly!

Thank Michelle C
falmouth, maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

A 1 minute walk from car park on the haast pass road. Nothing world beating but beautiful for a 5 minute diversion and selfie with a bit of history.

Thank chimayred
Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Everywhere we've been in Oz and NZ we park up, and then have to hike around a kilometre to the attraction. Not here, it's literally 2 minutes walk, and signposted in case you get lost. Not so spectacular falls, but the pebbly river beach is fun to wander over and try to skim pebbles into the fast flowing river. Still... More 

Thank Andy-S60
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Yep that is all it is! Two minutes from the Carpark until your reach the falls. These falls are picturesque and they are many pebble towers made by tourists that are impressive too!

Thank Vanessa M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Another set of falls, beautiful but not as picturesque as Thunder Creek or some of the roadside falls (Diana?). The kicker here is more crystal clear water and a wide rocky riverbank in a forested valley. A good lunch spot.

Thank Anton G

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