Horseshoe Falls


Horseshoe Falls

Actually, two waterfalls, Horseshoe Falls and Matai Falls, are located on the Matai Stream in the Catlins Forest Park. Easy and enjoyable walk, picnic tables and a scenic highway make these falls very popular among the tourists and locals.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 46° 30.182' E 169° 29.328'
Parking: Papatowai Hwy, Chaslands
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 35min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 10m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail



Walking and driving instructions


Horseshoe Falls is roughly a 2 hours’ drive away from Invercargill or 1.5-2 hours from Dunedin. The road surface is sealed

From Dunedin travel south on the SH1, then continue on the scenic Chaslands Highway for the next 48 km. A well-signposted carpark is on your right. There are picnic tables but no toilets there.

From the parking follow a signposted Matai Falls Walk which leads you through the native forest to the waterfall's lookout. The walk (10-15 minutes one way) is very easy one and suitable for people of all abilities.

Actually, there are two waterfalls on the Matai Stream - the lower one, Matai Falls, and the upper one, Horseshoe Falls. There is a junction almost at the end of the track: Matai Falls is on your left, and Horseshoe Falls is on your right. It's quite difficult to say which one is better: each has its own charm and beauty.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


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.


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