Fantail Falls


Fantail Falls

A 23-meter waterfall, Fantail Falls is located in Mt Aspiring National Park, along HAAST Highway. This is a beautiful and easily accessible waterfall, which drops into the crystal clear Haast River.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 4' 41.3472" E 169° 23' 10.161"
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: 23m Type of the waterfall: Segmented



Walking and driving instructions


Fantail Falls is roughly a 1-hour' 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 87km until you see a sign “Fantail Falls” (on your right) and a car park. There are no facilities there.

An easy 10-minutes' return Fantail Falls Walk starts from the carpark and leads to the waterfalls lookout. The track is suitable for people of all abilities.

The waterfall is located on the opposite side of the river, but you don't require to cross the river because the waterfall is fully visible from the lookout.

If you wish, you can, with care, cross the river and walk up to the waterfall's base.


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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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