Maruia Falls


Maruia Falls

Easy accessible from the SH65, powerful Maruia Falls is located on the Maruia River, 5 minutes' walk from the parking. Accompanied by a perfect picnic area, it's a relaxing stop between Greymouth and Hanmer Springs. This waterfall is included into New Zealand Must See Waterfall's list.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 51.556' E 172° 15.134'
Parking: Shenandoah Hwy
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: State HW Return track duration: 5min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 10m Type of the waterfall: Block

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 41° 51.556' E 172° 15.134'
Parking:     Shenandoah Hwy
Access:     5min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Maruia Falls is roughly a 2-hours' drive away from either Greymouth or Hanmer Springs. The road surface is always sealed.

From Hanmer Springs head west on the SH7, then turn right into the SH65 and follow it for the next 60km until you see a sign 'Maruia Falls'. Turn left onto the official parking, which offers you a beautiful walk as well as a nice picnic area with toilets.

An easy walking 5-minutes' return walk leads you to the waterfall's upper lookout platform, then to the waterfall's base. The track is a wheelchair-friendly walk.

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