Percy Waterfall


Percy Waterfall

Perhaps the highest waterfall in Wellington Region, Percy Falls is found in Percy Scenic Reserve, Lower Hutt. The waterfall is easily reachable via a well-maintained Waterfall Walk through a bush.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 12.758' E 174° 52.490'
Parking: Percy Scenic Reserve, Dowse Dr, Lower Hutt
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 20m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Percy Falls is roughly a 15 minutes' drive away from Wellington City. The road surface is always sealed.

From Wellington head north on the SH-2 for 12 km. Leave the motorway and turn left into Dowse Drive, then immediately turn left again (there will be a sign 'Percy Scenic Reserve'). There is a huge parking at the Percy Scenic Reserve entrance. There are some picnic tables (under a roof) and toilets. 

From the car park follow Waterfall Walk. It is an easy and very well-maintained walk. The walk leads to the pond, then goes along the creek with a number of creek's crossing via foot bridges. After 10 minutes you'll reach the waterfall.

There is a bench in front of the waterfall where you can enjoy its beauty and have a rest.

Return via the same track. More experienced walkers can choose to continue the track up to Kohekohe Climb or Jagger Shortcut.

The track is not suitable for wheelchairs/strollers because it has some stairs on it.



Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Ideal for a picnic, a walk or your sport of choice, Percy Scenic Reserve has everything you need for your recreational activities, with plans for an indoor facility currently underway! Weta and glow worm cave, Bush walks, and many other things are offered by this Scenic Reserve.


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