McLean Falls Map reference 7

A short three kilometer drive from the Southern Scenic Route on Rewcastle Road, you will be at the entrance to the McLean Falls River Walk.

A footbridge will take you over the subsidiary, Duckaday Creek, named by the early settler, McLean, who used to bathe in it from time to time. Hence the rather interesting name.

This walk follows an easy grade along the Tautuku River valley with spectacular views of the river and bush. The native trees found along the route are labelled to give the visitor a good idea of the diversity of the area.

Boardwalks and footbridges help to keep your feet dry. The path is maintained by DOC ( Department of Conservation) and is regularly gravelled.

There is a toilet block located in the parking lot.

The river walk is definitely a must see and the reward at the end of the walk is well worth the 15 minutes it takes to get there.

The McLean Falls are probably the most spectacular in the Catlins and follow a number of steep dropoffs and terraces.

You will be serenaded with the song of the native Bellbirds and Tuis,. Often a fantail will accompany you as you enjoy the scenery.

The farm you are passing through is known as: Bellbird Ranch.

Keep your speed down & watch out for stock as you drive down the no-exit road.

Great fill-in while waiting for low tide at the Cathedral Caves. Also great if it is raining! Also great to do if you have seen the other falls. These are spectacular! The native canopy protects you from the rain and the smell of the bush is out of this world as a result of the prolific off-gasing of the native fungii that inhabit the forest floor. I would also suggest a walk up there at sunset as the orientation of the sun shines directly on the falls and offers a great photo. You will see a granite plinth with the picture of the namesake to the McLean Falls. Alistair McLean.

If you choose to go there at dusk you should take a flash light and check out the cosmos of glow worms that line the track, on your return. Be sure to look under the ferns and up into the bush! Dog friendly walk. Be sure to walk all the way up the track passed the first set of falls. Someone stole the sign so just go on passed the two green posts. Toilets at the parking lot.


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Rewcastle Rd,
The Catlins,
New Zealand

On the Southern Scenic Route