Lemmer Peak Warerfall


Lemmer Peak Warerfall

Un-officially named, Lemmer Peak Warerfall is found almost at the end of the walk path which leads to Franz Josef Glacier. It’s seen from a DOC track and isn’t required any payments.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 27' 2.6526" E 170° 9' 56.181"
Parking: Franz Josef Glacier Road, Franz Josef Glacier
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 15min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 50m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step



Walking and driving instructions


Lemmer Peak Waterfall is roughly a 10-minutes' drive away from Franz Josef Village, or 2-hours’ from Hokitika. The road surface is always sealed.

From Franz Josef Village head south on the SH-6, then, immediately past the bridge over the Waiho River, turn left into Franz Josef Glacier Rd and follow it for the next 3.5 km. The carpark is at the end of Franz Josef Glacier Rd. There are picnic tables and toilets there.

From the parking follow the popular Franz Josef Glacier Walk (you don't need to pay for it), then roughly in 40 minutes, almost at the end of the track, you'll see the waterfall on the on the right hand side. A closer approach is not possible. Enjoy its beauty from a distance.

From here, climb to the viewing area overlooking the terminal face of the Franz Josef Glacier (5-10 minutes), or return back via the same track (40 minutes). The walk is more or less simple but it could be dangerous. Please refer to the DOC site, Hazards section for more information.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


A trip to the glacier's land (Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers) is an unforgettable event, doesn't matter if you've been there before or not, you'll always find something new there.

There are plenty of tracks here. DOC tracks (free of charge tracks): Te Ara a Waiau Walkway (2-hrs return), Sentinel Rock Wall (20-minutes), Forest Walk to Glacier View (30-minutes), Peters Pool (25-minutes), Douglas Walk (1-hr), Lake Wombat Walk (1.5-hrs), Roberts Point Track (5-hrs 20-minutes) and Alex Knob Track (8-hrs).

With Franz Josef Glacier Guides you can chose any of the following options: Ice Explorer (up to 3-hrs), Glacier Heli Hike (up to 2-hrs), Glacier Valley Walk (up to 3-hrs) and Heli Ice Climb (up to 4-hrs).


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