Pūrākaunui Falls

Image: Stefan Marks | Creative Commons


Walk to the well known and often photographed Purakaunui Falls.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

20 min Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


The Purakaunui Falls is one of Otago's iconic, most-photographed sights.

The track through mature beech forest, and then beech and podocarp, is suitable for wheelchair users to the top viewing platform. From there the track descends to give the view of the three-tiered falls that’s often seen on calendars and postcards.

There is a carpark, toilets and picnic area.

Getting there

Purakaunui Falls can be accessed from two roads off the Papatowai Highway. Turn off onto Purakaunui Falls Road 6.3 km south of Owaka, or turn off onto Warnock Road 10.8 km south of Owaka. The falls are signposted at both turn offs.


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