Horseshoe Falls


Horseshoe Falls

Actually, two waterfalls, Horseshoe Falls and Matai Falls, are located on the Matai Stream in the Catlins Forest Park. Easy and enjoyable walk, picnic tables and a scenic highway make these falls very popular among the tourists and locals.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 46° 30.182' E 169° 29.328'
Parking: Papatowai Hwy, Chaslands
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 35min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 10m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 46° 30.182' E 169° 29.328'
Parking:     Papatowai Hwy, Chaslands
Access:     35min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Horseshoe Falls is roughly a 2 hours’ drive away from Invercargill or 1.5-2 hours from Dunedin. The road surface is sealed

From Dunedin travel south on the SH1, then continue on the scenic Chaslands Highway for the next 48 km. A well-signposted carpark is on your right. There are picnic tables but no toilets there.

From the parking follow a signposted Matai Falls Walk which leads you through the native forest to the waterfall's lookout. The walk (10-15 minutes one way) is very easy one and suitable for people of all abilities.

Actually, there are two waterfalls on the Matai Stream - the lower one, Matai Falls, and the upper one, Horseshoe Falls. There is a junction almost at the end of the track: Matai Falls is on your left, and Horseshoe Falls is on your right. It's quite difficult to say which one is better: each has its own charm and beauty.

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Rating:       ⭐⭐
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Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
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