Thunder Creek Falls


Thunder Creek Falls

An extremely tall and easy accessible 96-metre waterfall, Thunder Creek Falls is located in Mt Aspiring National Park, along HAAST Highway. The waterfall is one of New Zealand Must See Waterfalls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 2' 19.176" E 169° 21' 54.9966"
Parking: Haast Pass-Makarora Rd
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 96m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Thunder Creek Falls is roughly a 1-1.5 hours' drive away from Wanaka. The road surface is always sealed.

If you drive from Wanaka, take SH-6 (Haast Highway) and stay on it for 92km until you see a sign “Thunder Creek Falls” and a relatively large carpark. There are no facilities there.

An easy 10-minutes' return Thunder Creek Falls Walk leads to the waterfall's viewing platform. The track is suitable for people of all abilities.

The waterfall’s base is easily accessible as well.

The top section of the waterfall is seen from the highway when you drive towards Wanaka (1-2minutes before you reach the official falls' car park).


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


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Haast is one of the must-see places in New Zealand. Haast, the perfect destination to explore some of New Zealand's most unique scenery and wildlife situated amidst the spectacular & rugged scenery of the South West New Zealand World Heritage area, between ancient rainforests of Te Wahipounamu, glaciers, and the Tasman sea.


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