Barrs Falls

GPS Coordinates and address

GPS of the view point: S 46° 27.073' E 169° 36.487'
Parking: Barrs Falls Rd, Owaka

Driving and walking conditions

Vehicle type: All vehicle types
Road type: 3km of Gravel Road
Track type: Easy walking track
Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m
Type of the waterfall: Segmented

Barrs Falls




Barrs Falls is a series of two waterfalls, located in the eastern entry to the Catlins Forest Park. The waterfalls should be much better looking after a rain, though in a dry season you may do an enjoyable walk to the waterfall's lookout.


Walking and driving instructions


An easy all vehicle types drive takes roughly 1.5 hours from Dunedin or 2 hours from Invercargill. The road surface is sealed, turning to a gravel one for the last 3 km.


There is a car park at Barrs Falls Rd with an appropriate sign. Neither toilets, nor picnic tables.


Follow Barrs Falls Walk from the carpark to the waterfall lookout. The walk (10 minutes one way) is very easy one and suitable for people with all abilities.


The walk leads you through the native forest to the waterfall lookout platform. Actually, there are two waterfalls there, one on the left (the main photo) and another one on the right (the second photo from the Gallery) hand side. They both should look better after a rain. In dry season they are not much impressive.


Note from Jan-2013: the track was closed for the maintenance; we don't know when it's gonna be open.




The Catlins is one of the Must See places in New Zealand, Scenic highway, plenty of walks, unforgettable view of the Southern Ocean, unique animals and so one, make this part of New Zealand just the right place to visit, no matter whether you've been here before or not.


Photo Gallery


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