Acland Falls


Acland Falls

Acland Falls is found in the Peel Forest. Best to visit after a decent rain.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 53.099' E 171° 15.581'
Parking: Rangitata Gorge Rd, Peel Forest
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 50min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Ribbon

Rating:       ⭐
GPS:          S 43° 53.099' E 171° 15.581'
Parking:     Rangitata Gorge Rd, Peel Forest
Access:     50min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Acland Falls is roughly a 2-hours' drive away from Christchurch, or just a 25-minutes drive away from Geraldine. The road surface is sealed.

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 which becomes Rangitata Gorge Rd. Follow this road for the next 3.6km. There is a dedicated car park, to your right, with tracks' sign and picnic tables (no toilets).

From the parking, cross the road and walk the track which leads to the base of the waterfall. It's more or less easy walking track, suitable for children.

Return via the same route. Total walking time is 50 minutes.

Acland Falls is a permanent waterfall (a gentle trickle most of the time as per the main photo), but best to visit is after decent rain.

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