Maruia Falls.

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Walk to a waterfall created following the 1929 Murchison earthquake.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

10 min return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From the car park, the track descends to the Maruia River bank. From here there is an excellent viewpoint of the falls, which were created following the 1929 earthquake.

Return via the same track.

Getting there

The track is accessed from SH65, 23 km south of Murchison.

Know before you go

Do not climb over the barrier above the falls - it is for your safety. Lives have been lost.

Do not enter the water below the falls, there is no safe swimming at Maruia Falls.

Wasps can be a nuisance, particularly from December until April. Carry antihistamine if you are allergic to their stings.

Sandflies: The presence of biting sandflies can detract from your experience in Murchison, especially during the summer months. The problem can be easily remedied by coating exposed skin with a good quality insect repellent.


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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