Dorothy Falls


Dorothy Falls

A typical multi-step waterfall, Dorothy Falls is located in the Lake Kaniere Scenic Reserve, less than 1-hour drive away from Hokitika. The waterfall is seen from the car park.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 42° 50' 32.7444" E 171° 10' 3.5646"
Parking: Dorothy Falls Rd, Kokatahi
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:4km of Gravel Road Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

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



Walking and driving instructions


Dorothy Falls is roughly a 30-minutes’ drive away from Hokitika. The road surface is sealed, except for the last 4 km which is a gravel road.

From Hokitika travel east on Lake Kaniere Rd for 18 km until you reach the lake. Here, turn left and follow the road along the lake for the next 6.8 km. A small car park is found at Dorothy Falls Rd (on the left) immediately past a bridge over the Dorothy creek. There are no facilities there.

The falls is seen from the car park. A closer approach is possible. Despite the difficulty of taking a photo of the whole waterfall, the fall is very impressive and photogenic.

The plunge pool is popular with swimmers in the summer!


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


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.

Enjoy excellent views of the blue-green waters of the Hokitika River as it makes its way through the rock sided Hokitika Gorge.


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