Giant Gate Falls


Giant Gate Falls

Stunning waterfall, Giant Gate Falls is located near the end of the world famous Milford Track. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of the waterfall after 4 days of tramping.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 42' 17.226" E 167° 51' 11.9376"
Parking: Te Anau Downs
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Multi-days track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 4days

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 30m Type of the waterfall: Plunge



Walking and driving instructions


There are two ways to approach this waterfall:

  • One day Guided tour to Giant Gate Falls from Milford Sound organized by DOC;
  • Milford Track - only DOC individual walks and guided walks are available. DOC huts must be booked in advance.

Below you can find walking and driving instructions of Milford track option:

You need to organize transport to Te Anau Downs where the track starts; then a transport from Milford Sound where the track finishes. Transport can be easily booked as part of Milford Track booking via official DOC site.

Giant Gate Falls is approached on the fourth day of the journey, but there are other waterfalls which are accessible along Milford Track.

An unexpectedly tall waterfall, Giant Gate is located one-hour' easy walk from the end of Milford Track, Sandfly Point. The waterfall is found near the Giant Gate Shelter where you can leave all your backpacks and walk to the waterfall's base (even have lunch there if the weather permits).


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Once described as the finest walk in the world, the Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular walks, with approximately 14000 people completing the Milford track each year.

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the Eighth Wonder of the World.


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