Matai Falls Walk

Matai Falls Walk, Owaka: Address, Phone Number, Matai Falls Walk Reviews: 4/5

Matai Falls Walk
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RAFwherever
Auckland91 contributions
Worth the Walk
Apr 2021
Beautiful walk and pretty falls, that would become spectacular after rain. The walk (there) is downhill through pleasant bush.
Written 30 April 2021
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Emma W
Queenstown74 contributions
One of our favourites
Apr 2021
Three options for the walk, which you could do all of! The track down to the railway had the best birdsong although we only did it as a 15 min detour and not the whole length of the railway track (an hour). Then the Matai falls and 4 min further to the Horseshoe Falls. Superb walks, beautifully looked after trails, gorgeous waterfalls.
Written 23 April 2021
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Willemnz813
Casablanca, Morocco8 contributions
Nice bush walk
Mar 2021
Beautiful falls, not a lot of water when we were there, because of the dry conditions. Might see some nice birds.
Written 8 April 2021
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Kiwiintheus
Levin, New Zealand176 contributions
Two falls and railway
Feb 2021 • Couples
Easy walk to the two falls. They weren’t as impressive as others in the area but it had been dry.

The track is well maintained and weaves thru native bush which is really nice.
Written 1 March 2021
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GaryandLesleyTravel
Auckland Central, New Zealand4,934 contributions
2 nice waterfalls and the train way
Feb 2021 • Couples
The Matai Falls walk is only about 10 mins from the carpark. After viewing these it an easy climb (another 2 minutes to the smaller but pretty horseshoe falls. On the walk back take the track down to the old railway line (now removed) turn left and walk the couple of hundred metres to see the section cut through solid rock, very impressive for the time. If you can’t see all the good waterfalls this is how we ranked them:
McLeans
Purakaunui
Matai
Horseshoe
Written 2 February 2021
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chrisandbarbara
Dunedin, New Zealand142 contributions
Two Special Waterfalls in Native Bush
Jan 2021 • Couples
A relatively easy walk of 15 minutes to Matai Falls on good path.After seeing Matai Falls a further two minutes takes you to Horseshoe Falls. Unlike Purakaunui Falls you get up close to these truly “vertical” falls with misty air and close in bush. Good parking and well formed path make this a worthwhile stop.
Written 25 January 2021
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ManDoFood
36 contributions
Amazing must see
Jan 2021
Amazing must see. A great place to take photos in these very special place. An easy walk to get to..
Written 15 January 2021
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand741 contributions
Sparkling
Jan 2021
A short easy-going track which incorporates the entry point for another longer detour track, before it makes a small rise towards the falls. Just prior to reaching the Matai Falls, there is an optional side tack (up some steep stairs) to a smaller Fall (Horseshoe Falls), which upon approaching, provide a wonderful twinkling effect through the bush. Upon arriving, there is a magical feel about this small but delightful Fall, which if it could be given a human personality would be considered "shy and attractive". This Fall of course precedes the Matai Falls, which drops a majestic 10 metres.
Written 14 January 2021
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wuvulu
Auckland Central, New Zealand58 contributions
Good photo stop
Nov 2020
A nice short walk through coastal rainforest to a very pretty fall.Well worth a stop .Nice falls for long exposure shots.
Written 5 November 2020
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,202 contributions
Modest Falls and tropical forest-like trail
Mar 2020
The walk from the car park area through the forest was on a decent track and had a tropical forest-like feel to it. The path splits and the lower section leads to the Matai Falls whilst the elevated section leads to the Horseshoe Falls. It's a short distance between the two.

When we visited on a rainy March day both the falls had a very modest flow of water, so much so that the upper ones didn't actually form a horseshoe. These are not comparable in scale with either the Purakaunui Falls or McLean Falls, the latter of which is the best one to see in the Catlins in my view.

When we backtracked we detoured and briefly followed the Catlins River Branch Railway Walking Trail. The path follows part of the route taken by the historical railway through the forest although there is not a huge amount of information to explain the significance. The railway, which closed in 1971, originally ran between nearby Tahakopa to Balclutha and was important for the timber trade. A more notable surviving attraction on the route is Tunnel Hill which is maintained by the DOC north east of Owaka.

We only covered a very short distance of the route during our visit. This section was apparently very difficult to construct due to the terrain but for our purposes we realised that the view was not so much expanding as decreasing with the embankments either side of the trail obscuring anything of note.

The walk to both falls is a fairly short walk - to explore the railway trail more fully would possibly add quite a bit of time.
Written 15 September 2020
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