McLean Falls

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Walk to the spectacular McLean Falls though a variety of forest and shrub types.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

40 min return Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The 22 m falls are on the Tautuku River in Catlins Conservation Park and are often described as the most spectacular in the region. The walk to the falls, though uphill, is not too steep and very pleasant.

It passes through a variety of forest and shrub types: huge tree fuchsia, stands of olearia and podocarp forest.

Getting there

Turn off Chaslands Highway onto Rewcastle Road 11.6 km south of Papatowai. It's a further 3 km to the car park.

Know before you go

The track experienced a landslip in March 2019. Further slips may occur during heavy rain, wind or freeze-thaw.


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