Whispering Falls


Whispering Falls

Whispering Falls – actually, two waterfalls - the upper waterfall (main photo) and the lower one (the last photos on the gallery), are found at Mount Richmond Forest Park. The waterfalls look really impressive after rain.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 23.552' E 173° 14.299'
Parking: Aniseed Valley Rd, Aniseed Valley
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 2hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 10m Type of the waterfall: Plunge



Walking and driving instructions


Whispering Falls is roughly a 45 minutes’ drive away from Nelson. The road surface is always sealed.

From Nelson head south on the SH-6. In Hope turn left into Aniseed Valley Rd and follow it for the next 11.5 km until you reach a cap park (on your right). The car park has toilets, but no picnic tables.

From the parking follow a well-maintained 2-hours’return walking Whispering Falls Track. The track goes through a private forest, follows the Hacket Creek and the Miner River, and requires 3 river crossings (all bridged). The first (lower) waterfall is reached within 5 minutes past the third bridge. The second (upper) waterfall is seen in 5 minutes’ further walk. The waterfalls are breathtaking after rain. Return via the same track.

Looking for a nice spot for your lunch? A beautiful picnic area on the top of the hill is reached within 5 minutes of further walk from the upper waterfall.

The walk is quite easy and pleasant, hence highly recommended for families with kids.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Mount Richmond Forest Park spans several regions and comprises most of the steep native forest-covered mountain country between Nelson and Blenheim as well as areas of commercially forested pine plantations on public land.


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