Prairie Lake Waterfall


Prairie Lake Waterfall

Prairie Lake Waterfall is an unofficially named waterfall accessible on the 2nd day of the world's famous Milford Track near the lake with the same name. The waterfall drops into Prairie Lake, that's why we call it 'Prairie Lake Waterfall'.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 51.151' E 167° 49.013'
Parking: Te Anau Downs, SH 94
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Multi-days track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 4days

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 50m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


There is only one way to approach these waterfalls - walk the Milford Track (only DOC individual walks and guided walks are available. DOC huts must be booked in advance).

You need to organize a transport to Te Anau Downs where the track starts; then a transport from Milford Sound where the track finishes. Transport can be easily booked as part of Milford Track booking via official DOC site.

Prairie Lake Waterfall is approached on the second day of the journey, but there are other waterfalls which are accessible along Milford Track.

Prairie Lake Waterfall is an unofficially named waterfall which drops into Prairie Lake. A few minutes of walk past Hidden Lake, you'll see the sign 'Prairie Lake' and a side track. Turn left, then 2 minutes later you'll see the lake and the waterfall.

In a good weather it’s a nice spot for a lunch break.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Once described as the finest walk in the world, the Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular walks, with approximately 14000 people completing the Milford track each year.

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.


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