Twelve Mile Creek Falls


Twelve Mile Creek Falls

Probably the most popular waterfalls in Queenstown area, Twelve Mile Creek Falls are reached by a gorgeous 2-hours’ Mt Crichton Loop walk.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S  45°02.866' E 168°31.865'
Parking: Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, Queenstown
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 2hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 4m Type of the waterfall: Cascade

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S  45°02.866' E 168°31.865'
Parking:     Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, Queenstown
Access:     2hrs  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Twelve Mile Creek Falls is roughly a 15 minutes' drive away from Queenstown centre. The road surface is sealed.

From Queenstown travel west on Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd for 12 km. There is a dedicated parking, on your left, 400 meters past the 12 Mile Delta Campground entrance. From the main road, turn left onto a side-road (100m-ish) which leads to an extensive parking. Toilets are available here.

From the parking, follow a well-established Mt Crichton Loop Track which crosses the main road and follows the Twelve Mile Creek (don’t cross the creek). The path is well-maintained and relatively easy, but (sorry) not suitable for wheelchair/kids strollers. Depends on your speed, in 45 minutes – 1 hours you will reach the Historic Sam Summers Hut. The upper waterfall is just right here. You will see it from the bridge. There is one more waterfall, the lower falls, found a couple of minutes downstream. Look for a un-official side track which leads to the creek bed and a ‘kind of’ waterfall’s lookout. This side track could be quite dangerous and slippery – so extra care is required. From here return via the same route (1.5-2 hrs return), or continue the walk as a loop (2-2.5 hrs return).


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