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McLean Falls, Papatowai

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The McLean Falls on the Tautuku River in Catlins Forest Park descend a number of steep drop offs and terraces, with the very top of the waterfall, where it meets its first waterpool being 22-metres. It then descends for many more metres over a series of terraces. The McLean Falls are often described as the most spectacular in the region, with its sister waterfall, Purakanui being the most visited, due to it being more easily accessible.The entrance to the McLean Falls River Walk is three kilometres from the Southern Scenic Route on Rewcastle Road. The track from the road to the falls passes through a variety of native forest and shrub types: Rimu, Kamahi, divaricating shrubland, huge tree fuchsia, stands of olearia and podocarp forest.A footbridge then crosses the subsidiary, Duckaday Creek, named by the early settler, Doug McLean, who used to bathe in it from time to time. The walk follows an easy grade along the Tautuku River valley with views of the river and bush. The path, including boardwalks and footbridges, is maintained by the Department of Conservation and is regularly gravelled.
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  • It was a pleasant walk through the rainforest to get to these beautiful falls. They are quite large and photos don't show this. There are a number of steps at the end but it is worth it. It took my hu...  more »
  • The Mclean falls are one of the best falls i have evr seen in my life so far. Best time to Go in the past Morning like after 9am. It is 49 min return walk and will take u to the mclean falls. Make sur...  more »
  • The Catlins的瀑布都很小,這個也不例外,如果只是專程被旅遊書介紹而來,真的會浪費時間,不過如果是自己開車,倒是可以停下來看看。