Curtis Falls

 

Curtis Falls

Curtis Falls is a charming waterfall, which is found along the Around the Mountain Circuit, at Mt Egmont National Park. Moderate access, requiring 2-3 hours of tramping, is fully paid off by quiet contemplation of the waterfall.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 39° 18.000' E 174° 06.358'
Parking: Pembroke Rd, Egmont National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Tramping track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 2hrs 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Block

 

 


Walking and driving instructions

 

Curtis Falls is roughly a 45 minutes’ - 1 hour’ drive away from New Plymouth or 2 hours’ from Wanganui. The road surface is always sealed.

Make your own way to Stratford. From here turn into Pembroke Rd and follow it for the next 15km. Last few km is a magnificent road through a forest. Enjoy! There is a huge car park at Pembroke Rd (don't drive up to the end of the road, instead leave your car near Stratford Mountain House) with toilets and a well-maintained picnic area.

From the parking follow a tramping Curtis Falls track for 1h15min until you reach the waterfall. First part of the track follows the Around the Mountain Circuit; it has a couple of uphill/downhill sections, 3 footbridges and at least one rung-type ladder. Then the track descends to the river. Here, you need to turn left and follow the riverbed (upstream) for 10-15 minutes. There is no track as such – find your own way to the waterfall and make sure you wear the proper tramping boots.

There is a nice spot next to the waterfall’s base – here you can have lunch or just enjoy the falls beauty. Quite often you can see goats here. Return via the same track.

Unfortunately, the waterfall is not seen from the main track (Around the Mountain Circuit), hence you have to do this side track which follows the riverbed.

 


Waterfalls nearby (driving)

 

Attractions nearby

 

Curtis Falls track is part of Around the Mountain Circuit, hence if you are an experienced tramper, you might be interested to do this challenging 5-days’ track which gives you an opportunity to visit lots of waterfalls along the way (refer to the Waterfalls Nearby section below and to the TOPO maps).

Even a week spent at Mt Egmont National Park would not be enough to see all the attractive places around. During winter season it's a Ski Resort, while during summer season it's a hiking paradise.

 


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