Gunboat Creek Falls


Gunboat Creek Falls

One of many road-side waterfalls along the Haast highway, Gunboat Creek Falls is seen from the main highway. Best time to visit - after heavy rain.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 57.823' E 169° 09.616'
Parking: Haast Pass-Makarora Rd
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 150m Type of the waterfall: Multi-step

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 43° 57.823' E 169° 09.616'
Parking:     Haast Pass-Makarora Rd
Access:     2min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Gunboat Creek Falls is roughly a 1hour 40minutes' drive away from Wanaka. The road surface is always sealed.

If you drive from Wanaka, head north-west on the SH-6 (Haast Highway) for 123km until you see a waterfall (to your left) on the Gunboat Creek. The bridge over the Gunboat Creek is signed ('Gunboat Creek'), and the best view of the waterfall is near this bridge.

There is neither official car park, nor other facilities there. With care, park your car on a side of the road and walk to the best view of the waterfall.

The waterfall is stunning after/during a rain. Best time to capture a photo - after heavy rain.

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