Carew Falls


Carew Falls

A 30 meters high, Carew Creek Falls is located near the Lake Brunner in the Lake Brunner/Mitchells Scenic Reserve. Pleasant walk through the forest brings you to the waterfall's base where you can sit on large granite boulders and enjoy the view. This exquisite waterfall is included into New Zealand Must See Waterfalls list.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 42° 38' 41.0022" E 171° 23' 58.9986"
Parking: Kumara-Inchbonnie Rd, West Coast
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type:5.8km of Gravel Road Return track duration: 45min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 30m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 42° 38' 41.0022" E 171° 23' 58.9986"
Parking:     Kumara-Inchbonnie Rd, West Coast
Access:     45min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Carew Falls is roughly a 1 hour's drive away from either Greymouth or Hokitika. The road surface is sealed, apart from the last 5.8 km which is a gravel road.

From Hokitika travel north on the SH6, then turn right into the SH 73 and follow it for the next 7.5km, then turn left into Kumara-Inchbonnie Road which becomes a gravel road. Follow this road for 21km until you see a small carpark. There are no facilities there other than a track sign.

Carew Falls Track winds up through the forest and takes about 25-30 minutes to reach the waterfall's base. The last few meters of the track are quite slippery and require an attention. Children must be supervised.

The way back to the parking is much faster and takes just 15 minutes. The official sign says '1 hour return' but even with kids you can do it faster than 1 hour.

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Dorothy Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
Access:     2min return walk
Driving:   74.9 km (1 hour 22 mins)

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