Bridal Veil Falls

Arthur's Pass National Park, Canterbury Region (South Island), New Zealand

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 2
Bridal Veil Falls

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INTRODUCTION

I felt compelled to write this Bridal Veil Falls page (as opposed to integrating it with our Devils Punchbowl Falls page) largely because there was a bit of confusion concerning this waterfall. You see, when we were planning our visit to Arthur's Pass (said to be the highest Southern Alps crossing at around 900m), we had read that the Bridal Veil Track didn't actually yield a view of this waterfall due to obstructions. Given the limited amount of time we had in the area, we couldn't take the chance of doing a track where we might not see what we were looking for, so we didn't do that track (thus we couldn't substantiate those claims).

That said, I happened to see this waterfall accidentally when I was trying to improve my view of Devils Punchbowl Falls via the Scotts Track. That was when I went high enough above the trees that otherwise would have blocked my view and I ended up seeing the impressive 60m waterfall across the valley as you see at the top of this page. It only took me around 15-20 minutes of walking from the relatively hidden Scotts Track trailhead before I started noticing the waterfall dwarfing the power pylons below. Aside from seeing this waterfall from across the valley, there wasn't much more I could do with this waterfall so I didn't spend any more time seeing if there were other ways to experience the falls.

Julie and I also noticed partial views of what we thought to be this waterfall while driving the SH73 just north of Arthur's Pass Village, but such views were not reliable. There weren't any pullouts to facilitate this view anyways. So that's why I contend that the Scott's Track view would be the way to go to see this falls, but even at that, it really was more of a complementary waterfall than prime waterfall attraction, in my mind.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the view of Arthur's Pass from Scott's Track as I was on the trail looking to improve the view of Bridal Veil FallsThis was the view of Arthur's Pass from Scott's Track as I was on the trail looking to improve the view of Bridal Veil Falls
This was the roadside view of the Arthur's Pass Highway while flanked by a long train hauling supplies (unscoring the importance of the Otira Viaduct further to the east of here)This was the roadside view of the Arthur's Pass Highway while flanked by a long train hauling supplies (unscoring the importance of the Otira Viaduct further to the east of here)
Starting on the elusive Scott's TrackStarting on the elusive Scott's Track

Context of Bridal Veil Falls with some snow-crusted mountains in the backgroundContext of the falls with some snow-crusted mountains in the background


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The view of Bridal Veil Falls that I'm advocating is from Scott's Track, whose directions are explained in the Devils Punchbowl Falls page.

For further context, Arthurs Pass Village was about 75 minutes drive (95km) southeast of Greymouth or 2 hours drive (149km) northwest of Christchurch.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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