Nicols Falls


Nicols Falls

A classic horsetail waterfall, Nicols Creek Falls is found in Dunedin area. The waterfall is situated within the Leith Valley Scenic Reserve, on the Nicols Stream, at the end of the historic walk. Impressive after rain.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 45° 49' 51.4272" E 170° 29' 48.2634"
Parking: Leith Valley Rd, Dunedin
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 40min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m Type of the waterfall: Horsetail

Rating:       ⭐
GPS:          S 45° 49' 51.4272" E 170° 29' 48.2634"
Parking:     Leith Valley Rd, Dunedin
Access:     40min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Nicols Creek Falls is roughly a 10 minutes' drive away from Dunedin City Centre. The road surface is always sealed.

From Dunedin center travel north on the SH-1. Turn left into Duke St which becomes Malvern St, and finally becomes Leith Valley Rd. There is a small, roughly 2-vehicles, car park at Leith Valley Rd, 350m after the intersection with Malvern St, just before a bridge. No toilets, nor picnic area.

There is a sign 'Waterfall walk' just before the gate at the track entrance. Follow the historic track for 200-300m; then you'll see a sign 'Waterfall' and you'll need to turn left. Climb to the hill for 10-15 minutes; then you'll approach the waterfall.

The track can be slippery and muddy, so be prepared for it. Kids must always be supervised.

The waterfall itself isn't much impressive, but the walk is enjoyable. The waterfall must be spectacular after rain.

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Ross Creek Waterfall

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
Access:     30min return walk
Driving:   5.6 km (10 mins)

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