Leaping Burn Waterfall


Leaping Burn Waterfall

Hidden in the hills’ cleft, un-officially named Leaping Burn Waterfall is found near the entrance of the Mt Aspiring National Park. Not require any walking because it’s seen from a road.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 33.210'  E 168° 53.675'
Parking: Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Mt Aspiring
Vehicle type: 4WD vehicle recommended Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:14km Gravel Road Return track duration: 2min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 10m Type of the waterfall: Cascade

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S 44° 33.210'  E 168° 53.675'
Parking:     Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Mt Aspiring
Access:     2min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Leaping Burn Waterfall is roughly a 50-60-minutes’ drive away from Wanaka. Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd is a gravel road with huge holes and cracks on it as well as multiple creek's fords. There is an official sign at the road entrance saying that it's not a public road, the road is maintained by DOC and DOC takes no liability for the vehicles entering to this road. This road is unsuitable for low wheel-base vehicles and we highly recommend a 4-WD vehicle for this trip.

From Wanaka follow Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd for 32km until you see Leaping Burn Waterfall (on the left hand side). Park your car on a side of the road. There is neither official carpark there, nor any facilities there (no toilets). If you drive for 19.5 more kilometres, then you'll reach the official Raspberry Flat carpark with all the facilities there (toilets, tables, etc.).

It’s very easy to miss this waterfall because it’s hidden in the hills. Some guidelines how to find it: it’s roughly 14km from the begging of the gravel road. The waterfall is located on a private land, please respect the private property and enjoy the waterfall's beauty from a distance.

There are lots of different waterfalls along Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, so drive carefully and watch for waterfalls.

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