Brides Veil Waterfall


Brides Veil Waterfall

Charming, 80m tall, Brides Veil Falls is found in remote West Matukituki River Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park. It doesn't require any challenges, only easy 1.5-hours’ track which can be extended up to 2-3 days with more waterfalls along the way.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 30' 13.1756" E 168° 41' 16.551"
Parking: Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Mt Aspiring
Vehicle type: 4WD vehicle recommended Track type: Walking track
Road type:35km of Gravel Road (poor road surface) Return track duration: 1hr 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 80m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Brides Veil 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 51.5km (including 35km of gravel road) until you reach a huge carpark (at the end of the road) with toilets and a picnic area.

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

From the parking follow West Matukituki track for 10 minutes, then Rob Roy Track will branches out (don't turn right or cross the river). Follow the track through farmland for 35 more minutes and you'll see the waterfall on the left hand side. The track is not difficult and doesn't require any climbing or river crossing, but has a couple of easy stream crossings. Return via the same track.

More energetic trampers can choose to continue on to the track up to the Aspiring hut, and then continue the journey up to Scotts Rock Bivouac (2-3 days return) with lots of waterfalls along the way, or do even more challenging Cascade Saddle Track (recommended for experienced trampers only!). No matter which way you choose – happy waterfalls’ hunting!


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 to find all of them.


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