Devils Punchbowl Falls

Image: Antonio L Fernandez | ©


Feel the full force and sound of fresh mountain water falling 131 m down one of New Zealand’s most stunning waterfalls. It's one of our best short walks.


  • Spectacular waterfall
  • Lush beech forest



  • Fitness required: Low to moderate
  • Gradient: Gradual incline with steps

Track overview

2 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From the start of the walk, follow the footbridge across the Bealey River. The next bridge, over Devils Punchbowl Creek, has a good view of the waterfall. From here, wander through lush beech forest with friendly fantails/pīwakawaka and tomtits before climbing 150 m up a series of steps to a viewing platform at the base of this spectacular waterfall. 

Return on the same track.

Getting there

The track starts at the northern end of Arthur's Pass village, just off SH73 at the Punchbowl car park (signposted off the highway).

Nature and conservation

Kea love this place as much as people do. There’s also a good chance you’ll hear or see the great spotted kiwi/roroa during a twilight evening walk. 

Know before you go

What to expect
  • Track surface: Large number of steps – some people may find these challenging
  • Elevation change: +/- 69 m
  • Wet and cold conditions can occur at any time, even in summer.
Be prepared

Ensure you take:

  • drinking water
  • insect repellant
  • sun protection
  • warm and layered clothing and waterproof/windproof jacket, hat and gloves
  • sturdy footwear.

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land.


Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   106 Main Westcoast Road
Arthur's Pass
Postal Address:   PO Box 51008
Arthur's Pass 7654
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