Braeburn Falls


Braeburn Falls

Braeburn Falls is a tall waterfall, reached via a 1.5 hours walking track at Lake Rotoroa.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 48.562' E 172° 35.826'
Parking: Braeburn Track, Lake Rotoroa
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type:400m of Gravel Road Return track duration: 1hr 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 17m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S 41° 48.562' E 172° 35.826'
Parking:     Braeburn Track, Lake Rotoroa
Access:     1hr 30min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Braeburn Falls is roughly a 35 minutes' drive away from Murchison, or 1 hour 25 minutes from Nelson. The road surface is sealed. 

From Murchison travel east along the SH6 for 29 km. Then slide right onto well-signposted Gowan Valley Rd. After 11km, on a T-intersection, turn right onto Braeburn Track. The car park is signposted, 400m from beginning of the road (these last 400m are un-sealed road). There are no facilities there other than a track sign. The nearest toilets, tables, etc. are found on the main lake car park (turn left on the T-intersection).

From the parking follow a signposted walking path, first part of which is a flat forestry road, with all stream crossings bridged. It is a loop walk, and we recommend to walk it in an anticlockwise direction. After roughly 20-30 minutes of walking you reach a side track which leads to the waterfall (signposted). This side track is the hardest part of your journey. It is about 10 minutes of a steep climbing to an upper viewing point of the waterfall. It looks like the climbing down to the falls base is possible, however it doesn’t look safe, hence we do not recommend to do it. Instead, in joy the beauty of the falls from a distance.

Return via the same side track, then continue walking the track as a loop. En route are a few pretty cascades. Total walking time is about 1.5hrs.

You can walk to the waterfall from the main lake car park - add 15-20 minutes to your journey.


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