Emily Falls


Emily Falls

Emily and Rata Falls are set in the Peel Forest and are both accessed from the same starting point.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 53.867' E 171° 13.467'
Parking: Lookout Rd, Peel Forest
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type:150m of Gravel Road Return track duration: 1hr 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 13m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S 43° 53.867' E 171° 13.467'
Parking:     Lookout Rd, Peel Forest
Access:     1hr 30min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Emily Falls is roughly a 2-hours' drive away from Christchurch, or just a 25-minutes drive away from Geraldine. The road surface is sealed, only last 150m is an unsealed road.

From Geraldine travel north along SH-79 for 5km, slide left onto Inland Scenic Road (72) immediately after a bridge over the Orari River. Follow this road until you reach Arundel, then follow left onto Bridge St, then right onto Ferry Rd and follow it for the next 7.5km. Slide right onto Peel Forest Rd and stay on it for the next 1.7km, then turn left onto Blandswood Rd. In 1.8km turn right onto Lookout Rd which is un-sealed road. There is a car park, 150m from beginning of the road, to your left. There are tracks' sign and a long drop toilet there.

The track begins on Lookout Rd, a few hundred meters up the road. Tracks to Emily Falls and Rata Falls start at the same place and share the track for the first 15-20 minutes, then the track to Emily Falls branches from the main track, take the left branch which goes down-hill, then follows the river bed for 200 meters (use appropriate boots) and finally climbs to the hill.

The waterfall is located in a gorge and can't be fully seen; can be quite difficult to photograph. 

Return via the same route, total walking time is 1.5hrs.

Waterfalls nearby

Rata Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐
Access:     2hrs  return walk
Driving:   1 m (1 min)

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Acland Falls

Rating:       ⭐
Access:     50min return walk
Driving:   4.0 km (5 mins)

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