McLean Falls


McLean Falls

Perhaps the best waterfall in Southland Region, McLean Falls is located on the Tautuku River in Catlins Conservation Park, along the scenic Chaslands Hwy. McLean Falls consists of 2 waterfalls, lower and upper; both of them are easily accessible. It's one of the Must See New Zealand Waterfalls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 46° 34.182' E 169° 21.132'
Parking: the end of Rewcastle Rd, Chaslands
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type:3km Gravel Road Return track duration: 40min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 22m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


DUE TO A ROCK FALL and unstabilty of the upper portion of the track the entire track will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. (Clutha i-SITE Visitor Information Centre).

McLean Falls is roughly a 1.5-hours’ drive away from Invercargill or 2-hours from Dunedin. The road surface is sealed, which becomes a gravel road for the last 3 km.

From Dunedin head south on the SH1, then in Balclutha turn left into the scenic Chaslands Highway and follow it for the next 67 km. When you see a sign ‘McLean Falls’, turn right into Rewcastle Rd, which is a gravel road. There is a huge carpark at the end of the road with toilets and a nice picnic area.

An easy 40-minutes return McLean Falls Walk leads you to the lower waterfall lookout, then to the upper one. The lower waterfall viewing platform is reachable within 2 minutes after crossing the river via a footbridge. From here, the stairs lead to the upper waterfall. Another 5 minutes and you'll see the upper waterfall.

The track is not suitable for wheelchairs.

It's quite easy to miss the upper waterfall (on the main photo) because the lower one (first photo on the Gallery) is already very much impressive. Please refer to the main photo to make sure that you wouldn't miss the best waterfall in Southland.


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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