Hidden Falls


Hidden Falls

Powerful 31 meters tall waterfall, Hidden Falls can be found along the fantastic tramping Hollyford Track, in a few minutes walk from the Hidden Falls Hut. You can hear the waterfall from a distance but can't see it utill you reach the waterfall's base, that's why it's called 'Hidden'.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 37.809' E 168° 07.276'
Parking: the end of Lower Hollyford Rd, Fiordland National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Tramping track
Road type:16km Gravel Road Return track duration: 4hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 31m Type of the waterfall: Plunge



Walking and driving instructions


Hidden Falls is roughly a 2-2.5 hours’ drive away from Te Anau or 4 hours from Queenstown. The road surface is sealed, except for the last 16 km.

From Te Anau follow Milford Rd (SH-94) for first 87km (1.5hrs), then turn right into Hollyford Rd (well signposted) which is a gravel road with more or less acceptable surface, so in a good weather any vehicle can drive there (could be inaccessible during a heavy rain). There is a parking at the end of Hollyford Rd with a shelter, a table and a long-drop toilet.

A well-maintained 3.5-4 hours return Hidden Falls track, which is a first part of Hollyford track, starts from the parking and goes along the Hollyford River up to the Hidden Falls Creek. The track doesn't require any significant climbing or descending. 

5 minutes before reaching the waterfall, you'll see a suspension bridge, don't cross the river! You can hear the waterfall from the bridge but can't see it. That's why it's called 'Hidden'. Follow the river up to the waterfall's base and enjoy!

If you're a keen tramper, you may be interested to do the whole 56km 4-5 days tramping Hollyford Track, or just stay overnight at Hidden Falls Hut (needs to be booked!). 


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Milford Sound is a paradise for waterfalls/mountains/ocean lovers. Also you may see seals and bottlenose dolphins there!;

Milford Road is one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand, and with a peak elevation of 940m, also one of the country's highest;

There are plenty of tracks (from 1 minutes up to multi-days) nearby, including 3 New Zealand Great Walks:

The waterfall is located along the one of the most popular New Zealand multi-day track, Hollyford Track.


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