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McLean Falls, South Island
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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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  • These falls are reached by a 45 minute return walk through a beautiful bush setting. Well worth the stop. 
  • 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...  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.
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