Mackay Falls


Mackay Falls

Exquisite Mackay Falls, a typical cascade waterfall, is reachable on the 4th day of the world famous Milford Track. The unique beauty and interesting Bell Rock nearby make Mackay Falls just the right place to visit.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 43' 56.0568" E 167° 47' 55.7484"
Parking: Te Anau Downs, SH 94
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Multi-days track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 4days

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 25m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


There is only one way to approach this waterfall - walk the Milford Track (only DOC individual walks and guided walks are available. DOC huts must be booked in advance).

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.

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

Mackay Falls is the first waterfall which you see on the 4th day of the track. Only 1-1.5 hours' easy walk from Dumpling Hut or 2 minutes' walk from Boatshed Hut (Guided tours), then you cross a swing bridge and see a sign 'Mackey Falls'. Follow an easy side track for 1 minute and enjoy the view of the waterfall from the viewing platform.

Don't forget to explorer Bell Rock, which is also located here.


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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