Twin Creek Falls


Twin Creek Falls

115-meters high, Twin Creek Falls is located in the heart of Arthur's Pass National Park. The waterfall is clearly seen from the State Highway, however a closer approach is possible via Temple Basin Track.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 42° 54' 43.4088" E 171° 33' 54.5754"
Parking: W Coast Rd, Arthur's Pass
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 115m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step



Walking and driving instructions


Twin Creek Falls is roughly a 2-hours’ drive away from Christchurch or 1.5-hours’ from Greymouth. The road surface is always sealed.

If you travel from Christchurch, take the SH-73 and follow it for the next 148 km. A huge car park is available 4km past Arthur's Pass Village. It’s on your right and well signposted (Dobson Nature Walk, Temple Basin Skifield). There are no facilities there.

From the parking follow Temple Basin Track for 5-minutes until you reach a first view of the waterfall (on your right). A closer approach is possible, just continue on the track for 20-40 minutes. Rough idea for the best view and opportunity to take great photos – walk uphill until you see a wooden bench; from here an un-official track leads towards the waterfall; this side track brings you to the waterfall’s ‘lookout’.

Return via the same track, or continue the climb until you reach Temple Basin (1.5 hrs one-way). There is one more waterfall seen almost at the end of this track (on your right), it’s found on the same creek but upstream. We will post a separate article about this waterfall shortly. Watch this space.

The waterfall is also seen from the state highway (doesn’t matter which direction you go), but it’s impossible to stop here and take photos. Hence, if you don’t have time to do a short walk, please admit the waterfall from a distance and to not break the rules (don’t stop on the highway)!


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Arthur's Pass National Park is a park of contrasts, with dry beech/tawhai forest in the east, luxuriant rainforest on western slopes, and a historic highway and railway running through the middle. Arthur’s Pass was established in 1929 and was New Zealand’s third national park and the first one in the South Island.


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