Barrs Falls


Barrs Falls

Actually two waterfalls, Barrs Falls are found at the eastern entry of the Catlins Forest Park. The waterfalls look much more impressive after a rain, though in a dry season you can do an enjoyable walk to the waterfall's lookout.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 46° 27.073' E 169° 36.487'
Parking: Barrs Falls Rd, Owaka
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:3km of Gravel Road Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m Type of the waterfall: Segmented



Walking and driving instructions


Barrs Falls are roughly a 1.5-hours’ drive away from Dunedin, or 2-hours’ from Invercargill. The road surface is sealed, except for the last 3 km which is a gravel road.

From Dunedin head south on the SH-1, then in Balclutha turn left into the scenic Chaslands Highway and follow it for the next 32.3km. Turn right into Barrs Falls Rd (well signposted gravel road) and follow it for the next 3.2 km until you reach a car park with a DOC sign. Neither toilets, nor picnic tables are available there.

Follow Barrs Falls Walk from the car park to the waterfalls’ lookout. The walk, 10-minutes one way, is quite easy; all streams are bridged. But from out memory (we could be wrong) it has some stairs, hence it’s not suitable for wheelchairs.

The walk leads you through the native forest to the waterfall lookout platform. Actually, there are two waterfalls there, one on the left (the main photo) and another one on the right (the second photo on the Gallery). Both of them must look better after a rain. In dry season they are not much impressive.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


The Catlins is one of the Must See places in New Zealand, Scenic highway, plenty of walks, unforgettable view of the Southern Ocean, unique animals and so one, make this part of New Zealand just the right place to visit, no matter whether you've been here before or not.


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