Palisade Falls


Palisade Falls

A typical ribbon waterfall, which consists of 55 and 25 meters parts, Palisade Falls is located in the world's famous Milford Sound. Accessible via a Milford Sound Cruise or Milford Sound Scenic Flight.The waterfall is more spectacular after a rain, though in dry days it will appear as a thin stream of water.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 36' 10.6776" E 167° 50' 57.1452"
Parking: Milford Sound, SH 94
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Cruise
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 2hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 55m Type of the waterfall: Ribbon

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 44° 36' 10.6776" E 167° 50' 57.1452"
Parking:     Milford Sound, SH 94
Access:     2hrs  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Milford Sound is roughly a 2-hours drive away from Te Anau or 4-hours from Queenstown. The road surface is always sealed.

From Te Anau follow Milford Road (SH94) , one of the most scenic and 'waterfalls' road in New Zealand. Also you'll need to drive through the famous Hommer Tunnel, built in 1954. Drive up to the end of SH94 where you'll find a huge free carpark. Here, you'll require to leave your car and walk (about 10min one way) to the Information Center.

Alternatively, you may choose to travel by bus. There are lots of companies in either Te Anau or Queenstown which have these options.

When in the Information Center, you have plenty of companies/cruises you may choose from. Starting from 1.5 hours cruise and finishing with overnight ones.

You'll see Palisade Falls on the way back, a few minutes after the boat turns back towards the information center.

The waterfall is a typical ribbon falls. The top part is 55 meters high, the lower one is 25. The waterfall is more spectacular after a rain, though in dry days it will appear as a thin stream of water.

Note: You can choose different options how you can see the waterfalls. It could be Milford Sound kayaking (start from Milford Sound), or Milford Sound Scenic Flight (start from Milford Sound/Te Anau/Queenstown), or a return boat from Milford Track.

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