Stirling Falls


Stirling Falls

One of the Must See New Zealand Waterfalls, Stirling Falls, second name Waimanu Falls, is the most magnificent waterfall in the world's famous Milford Sound. Accessible via a Milford Sound Cruise or a Milford Sound Scenic Flight.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 36' 34.8732" E 167° 52' 26.1336"
Parking: Milford Sound, SH 94
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Cruise
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 2hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 151m Type of the waterfall: Plunge

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 44° 36' 34.8732" E 167° 52' 26.1336"
Parking:     Milford Sound, SH 94
Access:     2hrs  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Milford Sound is roughly a 2-hours drive away from Te Anau or 4-hours from Queenstown. The road surface is always sealed.

From Te Anau follow Milford Road (SH94), one of the most scenic and 'waterfalls' road in New Zealand. Also, you'll need to drive through the famous Hommer Tunnel, built in 1954. Drive up to the end of SH94 where you'll find a huge free car park. Here, you'll require to leave your car and walk (about 10min one way) to the Information Center.

Alternatively, you may choose to travel by bus. There are lots of companies in either Te Anau or Queenstown which have these options.

When in the Information Center, you have plenty of companies/cruises you may choose from. Starting from 1.5 hours cruise and finishing with overnight ones.

You'll see Stirling Falls closely on the right-hand side roughly 15-20 minutes after the cruise starts. You won't miss it.

The waterfall drops vertically over a cliff into the fiord. On the way back, many boats come very close to the falls which allow people to be under the water. The legend says that the waterfall's water make the people younger.

Note: You can choose different options how you can see the waterfalls. It could be Milford Sound kayaking (start from Milford Sound), or Milford Sound Scenic Flight (start from Milford Sound/Te Anau/Queenstown), or a return boat from Milford Track.

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