Avalanche Creek Falls

Arthur's Pass National Park, South Island, New Zealand

About Avalanche Creek Falls

Hiking Distance: 400m round trip
Suggested Time: 10 minutes

Date first visited: 2004-11-22
Date last visited: 2004-11-22

Waterfall Latitude: -42.94011
Waterfall Longitude: 171.5606

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Avalanche Creek Falls was really my waterfalling excuse to talk about the Avalanche Peak Track even though Julie and I didn’t get the opportunity to finish it during our November 2004 trip to New Zealand.

In fact, we didn’t even have to hike much of that track to get a decent view of this waterfall.

Arthur_Pass_Village_009_11212004 - Avalanche Creek Falls
Avalanche Creek Falls

To give you an idea of how easy it was, we merely had to walk behind the DOC building (see directions below) before reaching a signed fork.

Then, we went right and took the five-minute spur track to the lookout that yielded the photo you see above.

It was said that this waterfall was 80m tall, but the main drop seemed to be much less than that.

However, we noticed there were more cascades higher up the mountain so perhaps the larger height figure pertained to the overall cumulative drop.

Arthur_Pass_Village_016_11212004 - Context of the full height of Avalanche Creek Falls tumbling behind the DOC building with some upper tiers revealed
Context of the full height of Avalanche Creek Falls tumbling behind the DOC building with some upper tiers revealed

In case you’re wondering about the Avalanche Peak Track, it was said to be 3-4 hours tramp (6-8 hours return) to even get up to the exposed peak that would only be doable in fine weather.

We were told that there had been many fatalities on this track due to people getting caught in the exposure, especially in light of the South Island’s fickle weather.

Perhaps the next time we’re fortunate to come to Arthur’s Pass, we’d try to time a visit for good weather and spend the day doing this track to see what the hype is all about.


Avalanche Creek Falls resides in Arthur’s Pass National Park in Arthur’s Pass in the Canterbury region of South Island, New Zealand. It is administered under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Arthur_Pass_Village_002_11212004 - First look at Avalanche Creek Falls
Arthur_Pass_Village_010_11212004 - Approaching Avalanche Creek Falls
Arthur_Pass_Village_012_11212004 - Another look at Avalanche Creek Falls just as the sun started to show itself

The Avalanche Peak Track started towards the southern end of Arthur’s Pass Village.

To reach the village, see the Devils Punchbowl Falls page for detailed directions.

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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