Curtis Falls

Image: Bev Bacon | DOC


Walk to Curtis Falls and enjoy a dip in the shallow pool beneath the falls.

Track overview

2.1 km

Walking and tramping

2–3 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Follow the Curtis Falls Track from the car park at Ngāti Ruanui Stratford Mountain House, turning right down steps into the valley of the Te Popo Stream. Steps and ladders up the other side lead steeply uphill before dropping sharply to the gorge of the Manganui River. Follow the river bed, rockhopping upstream to the falls.

Return downstream to the track junction, turning right to go back to the car park, or turning left to head to Maketawa Hut (2 hour - 2 hours 30 minutes from the junction). 

Getting there

In Stratford, turn off SH3 into Pembroke Road and follow this up the mountain for 14.5 km to Ngāti Ruanui Stratford Mountain House.

Know before you go

  • Unbridged streams on this track may be impassable after heavy rain.
  • Track erosion around streams may also be present.
  • Expect overgrown and steep and slippery terrain in places. Navigaton may  be difficult.


Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 756 0990
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
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