Six Mile Creek Waterfall


Six Mile Creek Waterfall

Off the beaten track, Six Mile Creek Waterfall is reached via a gorgeous 1 hour walk, just 10 minutes’ drive away from Murchison.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 53.206' E 172° 20.249'
Parking: Matakitaki Road, Six Mile
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m Type of the waterfall: Cascade

Rating:       ⭐⭐
GPS:          S 41° 53.206' E 172° 20.249'
Parking:     Matakitaki Road, Six Mile
Access:     1hr  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Six Mile Creek Waterfall is roughly a 10 minutes' drive away from Murchison, or 1 hour 40 minutes from Nelson. The road surface is sealed. 

From Murchison head south along Matakitaki Rd. You will reach a small car park (on the left side of the road) after 9.5km of driving. There is an information board with a map there, as well as a sign “Six mile - Matakitaki - walkway”. No other facilities are available there (the nearest toilets are in Murchison).

From the parking follow a well-established walking path, first part of which is a steep uphill section (hardest part), but there’s a bench at the top where you can rest and enjoy the views. From here it is pretty much a flat path, which can be walked as a loop. The waterfall is seen at the end of the track, follow signs “Walkway to Intake”.

The trail brings you to a viewing platform above the old weir. The waterfalls and rapids are seen from the platform.

Walk the track as a loop. Total walking time is about 1 hour (the DOC sigh says -1.5hrs, but it’s quite pessimistic estimation).

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