Koropuku Falls


Koropuku Falls

Absolutely charming, Koropuku Falls is found in the western part of Catlins Conservation Park, along the scenic Chaslands Hwy. An un-official, more or less easy track leads to the waterfall’s base. It’s off the beaten track adventure, hugely recommended for photographers.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 46° 34.717'  E 169° 13.162'
Parking: Chaslands Hwy, Chaslands
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 40min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 10m Type of the waterfall: Curtain



Walking and driving instructions


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

From Dunedin head south on the SH1, then in Balclutha turn left into the scenic Chaslands Highway and follow it for the next 80km. A small un-official car park, which is easy to miss, is found on your right. If you’ve got a GPS, enter the following parking coordinates into your device: S 46° 34' 43.0062" E 169° 13' 8.475"; otherwise watch for a small parking with a sign 'Koropuku Falls' (NOT a DOC sign). There are no facilities there.

A more or less easy track starts from the parking and goes through the native forest. The tack is very well maintained. In 2-5 minutes from beginning of the walk, you cross a stream via a foot-bridge, then you walk along the stream up to the waterfall's base. The track is slippery after rain, so please be careful! At the end of the track you will need to climb over some rocks and this is the most difficult part of the track.

There is a nice bench at the end of the track, which provides a fantastic view of the waterfall. Return via the same track. Total walking time is about 35-45 minutes.

Many thanks to Wayne Allen and Peter Hill who maintains the track!!!


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


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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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