Ohau Falls


Ohau Falls

A popular due to seal pups, who sometimes live in the creek, Ohau Falls is located on the Kaikoura Coast, between Christchurch and Picton.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 42° 14' 38.3388" E 173° 49' 45.7098"
Parking: State Hwy 1, Half Moon Bay
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

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GPS:          S 42° 14' 38.3388" E 173° 49' 45.7098"
Parking:     State Hwy 1, Half Moon Bay
Access:     20min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Ohau Falls is roughly a 20-minutes drive away from Kaikoura or 1.5 hours from Blenheim. The road surface is always sealed.

From Kaikoura take State Hwy 1 for 26km, then park your car on the left side of the road where you find a small car park and a sign 'Ohau Falls'. There are no any facilities there.

It takes just 10 minutes to reach the waterfall’s base. The walk is very easy and suitable for the people with all abilities. The waterfall is a very popular place because seal pups travel up the creek and stay in the waterfall's pool.

Note: due to a strong earthquake (14 Nov 2016) the track to the falls is closed. According to the DOC the track is re-open, but we were passing by in Jan 2018 and there is a 3 km non-stop area due to roadworks. Simply saying, you can't stop or park your car at the beginning of the walk.


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