Roaring Meg Power Station Waterfall


Roaring Meg Power Station Waterfall

An unofficially named, Roaring Meg Power Station Waterfall drops into the Kawarau River, a few minutes’ drive away from Lake Dunstan. The watercolor is absolutely beautiful, and the view of the Kawarau River is unbelievable from here.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 45° 0' 5.7162" E 169° 4' 15.6252"
Parking: Kawarau Gorge Rd, Kawarau Gorge
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 1min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 6m Type of the waterfall: Punchbowl



Walking and driving instructions


Roaring Meg Power Station Waterfall is roughly a 40-minutes’ drive away from Queenstown. The road surface is always sealed.

From Queenstown travel east (towards Cromwell) on the SH-6 for 45km. As soon as you reach the power station (on your right) – watch for a car park. You find an official parking a few meters past the power station. It’s a turnover (on your right) from the main highway. There are no facilities there (no toilets).

The waterfall is seen from the car park. Though it's an artificial waterfall created by the water stream from the power station, it looks very natural and is classified as a waterfall.

The view of the Kawarau River is unbeatable from this parking. It’s a nice spot to stop, relax and enjoy on the way to/from Queenstown. Really worth it.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


The Kawarau Gorge with its towering cliffs and rugged hillsides provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Central Otago. The Kawarau River drains Lake Wakatipu and on its way to join Lake Dunstan tumbles and roars through a series of rapids and swirling eddies.

Bendigo's Historic and Scenic Reserves are outstanding examples of their kind. The historic reserve is probably the best and most accessible example of quartz reef mining in Otago.The nature reserve has the only bush walk on public land in Central Otago, the 10 kilometer Kānuka Track.


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