McLean Falls, South Island
Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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.Before you head to Papatowai, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Papatowai travel itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Papatowai has to offer, including McLean Falls.
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It's worth the 40 minute return walk to see these pretty falls. The last bit is a bit of hard going on very uneven wet rocky ground (my dodgy knee didn't like it much). The 3km road from the SSR to th... read more »
Notre Hôtesse nous avait recommandé de faire cette ballade au cours de notre journée dans la région. Il y a un parking pour laisser notre voiture et aussi des sanitaires d'une très grande propreté, co... read more »Our hostess recommended we do this ballad during our day in the area. There is a car park to leave our car and also to clean bathrooms, as all the toilets found in all places in New Zealand. The path at the beginning of this ballad is good clarity and as one moves, the forest becomes dense and we follow the river. At the end we discover the bottom of the waterfall, there is a small easy climb which allows to arrive at the foot of the waterfall and to discover a great view of it. Along the way, and at the foot of the waterfall there is very nice pictures to do. It is mentioned initially this ballad 40minutes ROUND-TRIP, but taking the time to take pictures and scan the surrounding area it takes longer for good memory of this ballad.show original
20 minuten Wandern und man steht vor dem ersten von vier Wasserfällen. So genau kann ich es gar nicht sagen. Die Ausmasse sind zu gross. Jeder der vier Abschnitte ist unterschiedlich und jeder hat sei... read more »before the first of four waterfalls is 20 minutes walking and you. I can't tell it so precisely. The dimensions are too large. Each of the four sections is different and each has its own charm. I can only recommend the water fall. Access to the last, so the top case is not without. Pretty slippery.show original
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