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The best 8 waterfalls of New Zealand


New Zealand boasts of beautiful glaciers, landscapes, beaches, virgin forests, vineyards and waterfalls which are some of the world’s best. Waterfalls are plenty here ranging from the short and small to the tall and giant.

Huka Falls – This is a short yet powerful and colorful waterfall. Standing at 11 metres high, it is one of the most frequently visited of the New Zealand waterfalls. The main attraction of the falls is its powder blue water owing to the rich volcanic soil and minerals found in Lake Taupo. This place is very accessible even to those who are in wheelchairs.

Sutherland Falls – This 580 metre high waterfall is one of the worlds tallest and features the steepest slope. You can reach this place in an hour and a half walk from the Quintin Public Shelter located on the Milford Track.

Kakahi Falls – This is a thermal waterfall believed to be the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. It used to be a Maori bathing area but now it is off limits to people.

Bridal Veil Falls – As its name suggests, this waterfall indeed looks like a bride’s long veil. This 55-meter-high falls can be reached through a walking track.

Marokopa Falls – This is a wide waterfalls standing at 30 meters high and features a rectangular shape. Situated in the Waikato Region in the western part of North Island, this should not be missed when visiting the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Devils Punchbowl Falls – In the area of Arthur’s Pass you will find this tall waterfall plunging from 131 meters high. It can be viewed in different ways including from the base and from across the Arthur’s Pass Valley.

Stirling Falls – This can be found from a hanging valley specifically between the Elephant and Lion mountains in the Milford Sound. This 155-meter-high waterfall can be viewed from the Milford town but visitors can view it closer through the Milford Sound cruise but be prepared to get drenched.

Humboldt Falls – This is another giant waterfall towering at 275 meters high. Situated at the Fiordland National Park, this place boasts of lush bushes nestled among tall mountains in the Southern Alps. Visitors going to the Hollyford Track or Milford Sound can drop by this waterfall and experience its unique setting.

With a vast expanse of lush natural surroundings and panoramic views, this country is a great place to explore.

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