Fantail Falls, South Island

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  • The shape of the falls has led to its name of fantail and it becomes apparent even from the road. A short walk takes you to the bottom of the falls. It's beautiful and then there's another narrow path...  more »
  • Quite nice falls not too far from the road. Approx 25 m high waterfall on roadside of Haast Highway (SH 6) between Wanaka and Haast, approx 1 hour drive from Wanaka. This falls drops into the crystal ...  more »
  • Another beautiful waterfall in the area. If it is not too long, in my opinion this waterfall is dispensable.
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  • Fantastic little sheltered river beach looking directly over to the waterfall. When we went there there was a trend of people stacking rocks and they were everywhere! Great very short walk. Always worth it.
  • Indicates how long it takes to get the falls from the car park (2min). It’s a rather small car park and it was quite busy when we went so parking may be an issue. There are a lot of piles of stones made up near this fall which was interesting. The ground at the fall is made up of rocks and stones so you need to be steady under foot
  • Nice stop on the Haast passway. Just a minute from the road. A lot of kids created some stone art on the bottom of the river. The falls itself is not spectacular itself, but the tree and the rocks are a stop worthy!
  • Very worth the hike. To cool down after it you can swim in The natural pools that are formed under the falls. Very cold water, but refreshing after the short hike :) water tastes Great aswell!
  • The view of the rocks are just stunning. It's definitely worth a visit.
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