Browne Falls


Browne Falls

Unofficially, the highest waterfall in New Zealand, Browne Falls is located in the Doubtful Sound, the biggest New Zealand fiord. Accessible via a Doubtful Sound Cruise or Doubtful Sound Scenic Flights.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 45° 23' 55.935" E 167° 5' 9.909"
Parking: Waiau St, Manapouri
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Cruise
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 8hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 857m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step



Walking and driving instructions


There is no way for private cars to drive directly to Doubtful Sound (like you can do for Milford Sound), so Doubtful Sound Cruise, either a full day or overnight, needs to be booked from Te Anau or Queenstown. The cruise consists of a bus tour from Te Anau/Queenstown up to Manapouri Lake, then a boat tour crossing the Manapouri Lake, then (optional) a guided tour to the underground power station, then again bus through the Wilmot Pass, and at the end you'll do 2 hours or overnight cruise by boat along the Doubtful Sound.

You'll see Browne Falls on the left-hand side a few minutes after the cruise starts. The waterfall drops from the mount which is 857 meters high and descends a series of leaps, sometimes disappearing and appearing again.

Unofficially it's the highest waterfall in New Zealand, but unfortunately, it's not as popular as its competitor Sutherland Falls.

Many thanks to Elliot Kensington, Air Wakatipu pilot, for a couple of great waterfall's photos.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


The lagest fiord in New Zealand, Doubtful Sound is a paradise for waterfalls/mountains/ocean lovers. Also, you might be lucky to see seals and bottlenose dolphins! 

The journey to the Doubtful Sound is quite a different from the Milford Sound ones. With no direct road access, the only way you can to get to Doubtful Sound is by a cruise across Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass.

One of the best multi-days track starts almost at Doubtful Sound - Dusky Track.  Challenging 6-8 days track is recommended for experienced trampers only. You will see one of the most remote big fiord in New Zealand - Dusky Sound.


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