Dorothy Falls

GPS Coordinates and address

GPS of the view point: S 42° 50' 32.7444" E 171° 10' 3.5646"
Parking: Dorothy Falls Rd, Kokatahi

Driving and walking conditions

Vehicle type: All vehicle types
Road type: 4km of Gravel Road
Track type: Easy walking track
Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 64m
Type of the waterfall: Multi-step




A typical multi-step 64 meters high, Dorothy Falls is located in the Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve, less than 1 hour drive from Hokitika. The waterfall is seen from the car park and it's perfect place for the walking.


Walking and driving instructions


An easy all vehicle types drive takes roughly 30-45 minutes from Hikitika. The road surface is sealed, turned to a gravel one for the last 4 km.


There is a small car park at Dorothy Falls Rd (near a bridge) without any facilities there.


The waterfalls is visible from the car park. Despite the fact that only the lowest tier is easy accessible, the waterfall is still very impressive.


During summer time you  may swim there.




Lake Kaniere is one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand. It is 8 km long, 2 km wide and as deep 195 m in places. There are several picnic places and one camping area, numerous short walks including two walkways.


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