Rai Falls


Rai Falls

Wide and short cataract waterfall, Rai Falls is found on the Rai River, on a half way between Picton and Nelson. More a rapid rather than a waterfall, but marked as falls on the official TOPO maps.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 17' 8.4294" E 173° 34' 24.9564"
Parking: State Highway 6
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 5min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m Type of the waterfall: Cataract



Walking and driving instructions


Rai Falls is roughly a 1-hour’ drive away from either Nelson or Picton. The road surface is always sealed.

From Nelson head east on the SH-6 for 53 km. There is an un-official car park on either SH-6, or at the end of Rai Falls Rd. From the main highway turn left into Rai Falls Rd (a gravel road) and follow it for the next 100m. There are no facilities there.

If you leave your car on the SH6 then walk 5-minutes along the Rai Falls road. There is no official lookout platform there. The waterfall is seen from the road – just find the best spot to take a photo.

Despite the fact that the waterfall is marked on the official TOPO maps as Rai Falls, honestly it's more a rapid rather than a waterfall. Nevertheless, it’s a nice spot to stop, enjoy and stretch your legs.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy refreshing forest and river scenery, in one of the last stands of river flat forest in Marlborough.


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