Coal Creek Falls


Coal Creek Falls

A wide, 7-meters high waterfall, Coal Creek Falls is located in the rural area, Waterfallsin 10-minutes drive away from Greymouth. This waterfall is included into New ZealandWaterfall's list due to an easy access, unique beauty and a good swimming spot.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 42° 24.567 E 171° 16.227
Parking: Ballance St, Runanga
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 7m Type of the waterfall: Fan

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 42° 24.567 E 171° 16.227
Parking:     Ballance St, Runanga
Access:     1hr  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Coal Creek Falls is roughly a 10-minutes drive away from Greymouth. The road surface is always sealed.

From Greymouth take SH-6 northbound, then in Runanga turn right onto Seddon St. Turn right onto Ballance St and drive up to the end of the street where you will find a parking without any facilities there.

A 1-hour return Coal Creek Falls Track leads to the waterfall's base. The track is relatively easy, no climbing required, but unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs due to a number of stairs. There are a few benches along the way, and one at the end of the track with awesome view of the waterfall.

The waterfall is a very popular among locals, and it’s a very popular swimming spot in the area.

The official sign is misleading saying '2 hours return', but at the same time the map (5 minutes from beginning of the walk) say '1 hour return'. 

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Te Miko Waterfall

Rating:       ⭐⭐
Access:     30min return walk
Driving:   39.7 km (37 mins)

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