Lake Face Creek Falls


Lake Face Creek Falls

Unofficially named, Lake Face Creek Falls is located on the eastern shore of Lake Wakatipu. There is no official track to the waterfall, and it's not marked on any local maps. However, there is an unofficial track leading to the waterfall' base which can be easily found, and the top of the waterfall is clearly visible from the road.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 55.227 E 168° 25.642
Parking: Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, Mt Creighton
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 35m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


Lake Face Creek Falls is roughly a 40 minutes' drive away from Queenstown town center. The road surface is always sealed.

From Queenstown travel north alongside Lake Wakatipu on Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd for 37 km. There is a small unofficial car park (on your right) immediately past a bridge over the Lake Face Creek (watch for a creek name sign). There are no facilities there. You can camp here on a self-contained vehicle, but only from 5pm to 8am.

The waterfall consists of the upper leap (about 20-25m) and the lower cascades. The upper leap is seen from the road and from the parking.

From the parking you can follow an unofficial walking track which leads to the lower cascades. It takes about 10-15 minutes to reach the falls. Return via the same track.

UPDATE Aug 2017: the walk to the lower cascades was fenced since we visited it last time. So, most likely, the track goes through the private land. Please seek for owners permissions if you wish to visit the falls. 


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


One of the most popular tourist towns in New Zealand, Queenstown, located 40 minutes' drive away from the waterfall. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing.

Lots of tracks start nearby, including short walks and multi-days challenging tracks. One of the most popular track, Routeburn Great Walk (2-4 days track) starts just 45minutes' drive from the waterfall.


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