Wishbone Falls


Wishbone Falls

A 77-meters tall, Wishbone Falls adorns the entrance to the Mt Aspiring National Park. The waterfall can be seen even from the road and a popular swimming stop among the locals. Wishbone Falls is included into New Zealand Must See Waterfall's list.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 30' 30.3912" E 168° 46' 12.7668"
Parking: Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Mt Aspiring
Vehicle type: 4WD vehicle recommended Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:33km Gravel Road (poor road surface) Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 77m Type of the waterfall: Segmented



Walking and driving instructions


Wishbone Falls is roughly a 1.5-hours’drive away from Wanaka. Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd is a gravel road with huge holes and cracks on it as well as multiple creek's fords. There is an official sign at the road entrance saying that it's not a public road, the road is maintained by DOC and DOC takes no liability for the vehicles entering to this road. This road is unsuitable for low wheel-base vehicles and we highly recommend a 4-WD vehicle for this trip.

From Wanaka follow Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd for 49km until you see Wishbone Falls (on the left-hand side). Park your car on the side of the road. There is neither official carpark there nor any facilities there (no toilets). If you drive for 2 more kilometers, then you'll reach the official Raspberry Flat carpark with all the facilities there (toilets, tables, etc.).

The waterfall can be seen from the road, but it's better to do an easy 20-minutes’ return walk through a private land, which leads to the waterfall's base. Be careful while climbing over the electric fence! Return via the same track.

The waterfall is a very popular among the locals, and it’s a very popular swimming spot in the area. Don't forget the towels!

There are lots of different waterfalls along Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, so drive carefully and watch for waterfalls.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Apart from the track described above, there are plenty of the tracks in the area. Please refer to the DOC site for more information.


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