Rope Creek Cascades


Rope Creek Cascades

Un-officially named, Rope Creek Cascades are found almost at the end of the walk path which leads to Franz Josef Glacier.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 26' 45.384" E 170° 11' 5.085"
Parking: Franz Josef Glacier Road, Franz Josef Glacier
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 15min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 17m Type of the waterfall: Tiered



Walking and driving instructions


Rope Creek Cascades are roughly a 10-minutes' drive away from Franz Josef Village, or 2-hours’ from Hokitika. The road surface is always sealed.

From Franz Josef Village head south on the SH-6, then, immediately past the bridge over the Waiho River, turn left into Franz Josef Glacier Rd and follow it for the next 3.5 km. The carpark is at the end of Franz Josef Glacier Rd. There are picnic tables and toilets there.

From the parking follow the popular Franz Josef Glacier Walk (you don't need to pay for it), then roughly in 40 minutes, almost at the end of the track, you'll see the cascades on the on the left hand side from a distance.

From here, climb to the viewing area overlooking the terminal face of the Franz Josef Glacier (5-10 minutes), or return back via the same track (40 minutes). The walk is more or less simple but it could be dangerous. Please refer to the DOC site, Hazards section for more information.

May be a closer approach is possible. We have never tried it ourselves, but it looks like the cascades are better seen from a bridge over the Rope Creek while walking Roberts Point Track (5-hrs 20-minutes).


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


A trip to the glacier's land (Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers) is an unforgettable event, doesn't matter if you've been there before or not, you'll always find something new there.

There are plenty of tracks here. DOC tracks (free of charge tracks): Te Ara a Waiau Walkway (2-hrs return), Sentinel Rock Wall (20-minutes), Forest Walk to Glacier View (30-minutes), Peters Pool (25-minutes), Douglas Walk (1-hr), Lake Wombat Walk (1.5-hrs), Roberts Point Track (5-hrs 20-minutes) and Alex Knob Track (8-hrs).

With Franz Josef Glacier Guides you can chose any of the following options: Ice Explorer (up to 3-hrs), Glacier Heli Hike (up to 2-hrs), Glacier Valley Walk (up to 3-hrs) and Heli Ice Climb (up to 4-hrs).


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