Helena Falls


Helena Falls

Charming Helena Falls is located at the 'entrance' of the Doubtful Sound, the biggest New Zealand fiord. Accessible via a Doubtful Sound Cruise or Doubtful Sound Scenic Flight.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 45° 27' 49.6614" E 167° 10' 0.9408"
Parking: Waiau St, Manapouri
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Cruise
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 8hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 50m 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 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 Helena Falls on the right hand side a couple of minutes before the bus arrives into the Doubtful Sound. As soon as you get a first view of the fiord, you'll see this waterfall dropping into the fiord. It is the first waterfall which you will see in Doubtful Sound.


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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