Bowen Falls


Bowen Falls

One of the Must See New Zealand Waterfalls, Bowen Falls is the highest and the most powerful waterfall in the world's famous Milford Sound. Accessible via a Milford Sound Cruise or a Milford Sound Scenic Flight.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 39' 56.052" E 167° 55' 30.9102"
Parking: Milford Sound, SH 94
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Cruise
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 2hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 162m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Milford Sound is roughly a 2-hours drive away from Te Anau or 4-hours from Queenstown. The road surface is always sealed.

From Te Anau follow Milford Road (SH94), one of the most scenic and 'waterfalls' road in New Zealand. Also, you'll need to drive through the famous Hommer Tunnel, built in 1954. Drive up to the end of SH94 where you'll find a huge free car park. Here, you'll require to leave your car and walk (about 10min one way) to the Information Center.

Alternatively, you may choose to travel by bus. There are lots of companies in either Te Anau or Queenstown which have these options.

When in the Information Center, you have plenty of companies/cruises you may choose from. Starting from 1.5 hours cruise and finishing with overnight ones.
You'll see Bowen Falls on the right-hand side, 5 minutes after the cruise starts. You won't miss it.

Note 1: there was a track to Bowen Falls from the Information Center, but it was destroyed by rockfalls, so it's closed now. Most likely, the track will reopen in the nearest future. Check the status on DOC site on in the Information Center.

Note 2: You can choose different options how you can see the waterfalls. It could be Milford Sound kayaking (start from Milford Sound), or Milford Sound Scenic Flight (start from Milford Sound/Te Anau/Queenstown), or a return boat from Milford Track.


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:


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