Wakefield Falls


Wakefield Falls

One of the tallest and most attractive waterfalls in the Mt Cook National Park, Wakefield Falls is seen alongside the road, which leads to Tasman Lake and the Tasman Glacier. The waterfall is extremely tall and is visible even from Tasman Valley Rd; however, you'll be astonished by its power and beauty if come closer via an unofficial 2 hours’ return track. Wakefield Falls is included into New Zealand Must See Waterfall's list.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 42.0996 E 170° 8.7546
Parking: Tasman Valley Rd, Blue Lakes
Vehicle type: 4WD vehicle recommended Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:6.5km Gravel Road Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 230m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step



Walking and driving instructions


Wakefield Falls is roughly a 1.5-2 hours’ drive away from Lake Tekapo Village or 1hour 15min from Twizel. The road surface is sealed, apart from the last 6.5 km which is a gravel road. It’s not essential, but we recommend a 4-WD vehicle for this trip, especially during winter/early spring.

From Lake Tekapo Village travel south on the SH8 for 50 km, then turn right into the SH80 and follow it for the next 54 km. Turn right into Tasman Valley Rd which is a gravel road. The official car parking is at the end of this road. There are picnic tables and toilets there.

The better option is to park your car as soon as you can see the waterfall (on your left). Though there is no official car park there, it's easier to start a walk or take a photo from here (refer to the parking google maps coordinates above) rather than from the official parking.

The waterfall is seen from the road, but a closer approach to the falls is possible. Despite the fact that there is no official track to the waterfall’s base, you can, with care, follow the riverbed for an hour or so to reach the falls. It’s not a very difficult walk, but be careful because it could be very slippery there. Wear proper tramping shoes and, of course, children must always be supervised!


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


There are lots of tracks which start from Tasman Valley, including easy-walking and multi-days tramping ones. Please check the official DOC site to find them all.

The Tasman Glacier is the largest of several glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps in New Zealand's South Island. It is New Zealand's longest glacier.

Using custom built boats, you are able to cruise the rapidly growing terminal lake taking in spectacular mountain views, and scenery Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the glacier allowing you to touch and taste the 300-500-year-old glacial crystals.


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