Wairereata Falls


Wairereata Falls

A hidden gem, Wairereata Falls is located in the world's famous Milford Sound. Accessible via a Milford Sound Cruise or Milford Sound Scenic Flight. You will be able to see this waterfall only from a distance because it doesn't drop directly in the sound.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 35' 28.6512" E 167° 54' 34.6746"
Parking: Milford Sound, SH 94
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Cruise
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 2hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 25m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Milford Sound is roughly a 2-hours drive away from Te Anau or 4-hours from Queenstown. The road surface is always sealed.

From Te Anau follow Milford Road (SH94) , one of the most scenic and 'waterfalls' road in New Zealand. Also you'll need to drive through the famous Hommer Tunnel, built in 1954. Drive up to the end of SH94 where you'll find a huge free carpark. Here, you'll require to leave your car and walk (about 10min one way) to the Information Center.

Alternatively, you may choose to travel by bus. There are lots of companies in either Te Anau or Queenstown which have these options.

When in the Information Center, you have plenty of companies/cruises you may choose from. Starting from 1.5 hours cruise and finishing with overnight ones.

You'll see Wairereata Falls on the way back, a few minutes after Stirling Falls. It is NOT a waterfall which drops to the fiord strait away, but drops into the one of multiple Fiordland rivers. Look over the mountains near the Harrison River valley, you'll admit the waterfalls from a distance (very well visible in a good day, but absolutely not seen when it's rainy).

Note: You may choose different options where you can see the waterfalls as well. It could be Milford Sound kayaking (start from Milford Sound) or Milford Sound Scenic Flight (start from Milford Sound/Te Anau/Queenstown).


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Milford Sound is a paradise for waterfalls/mountains/ocean lovers. Also you may see seals and bottlenose dolphins there!;

Milford Road is one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand, and with a peak elevation of 940m, also one of the country's highest;

There are plenty of tracks (from 1 minutes up to multi-days) nearby, including 3 New Zealand Great Walks:


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