Gully Falls

By Brendon Gilchrist


Gully Falls

By Brendon Gilchrist

Gully Falls, actually two waterfalls - upper and lower ones, are located on a private farm Orton Bradley Park; a small access fee is required in order to walk to the waterfalls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 40' 35.2878" E 172° 43' 21.6222"
Parking: Orton Bradley Park, Marine Drive, Charteris Bay
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 2hrs 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 20m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 43° 40' 35.2878" E 172° 43' 21.6222"
Parking:     Orton Bradley Park, Marine Drive, Charteris Bay
Access:     2hrs 30min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Any type of vehicle can gain access to the start of the tracks in Orton Bradley Park, which is located 30km from Christchurch City in Charteris Bay, Lyttelton Harbor the road is all sealed, with a little bit of gravel to where you find the track.

Waterfall Gully Track start’s where all of the other tracks start it is a 2.5–3 hours walk return located in the Orton Bradley Park. To gain access, there is a small fee of $5 per person or $10 for a car load, so it is best to take some friends or family and make a day of this hidden wonder so close to Christchurch. The walk is easy to moderate fitness required. I would recommend sturdy walking or running shoes.

The track follows the valley through remnants of native bush to then reach the turn of that continues up the valley. Once you get to this point it start’s to open up, you can see the harbor views, and a few picnic tables are located around before you go back into the bush and up the valley where the waterfalls are located. Once at this point, the track start’s to get a little steeper winding up along the stream to the falls.

The first waterfall is not very open but still viewable, if you continue up the track you will find the second falls that opens up to a nice little area where you can have a break, lunch a drink and enjoy the waterfall. The waterfall is 20 meters and is fed by a natural spring.


Many thanks to Brendon Gilchrist, ESB Photography (follow on Facebook) for the waterfall's description and photos.

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Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
Access:     2hrs  return walk
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