Bridal Veil Falls

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

About Bridal Veil Falls

Hiking Distance: 1.6km round trip
Suggested Time: 45 minutes

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

Waterfall Latitude: -42.92821
Waterfall Longitude: 171.5641

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Scotts_Track_007_11212004 - Bridal Veil Falls in context with some power pylons
Bridal Veil Falls in context with some power pylons

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 in the photo above.

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.

Scotts_Track_002_11212004 - The start of the Scott's Track was actually a short walk further to the north of Arthur's Pass Village and the Devil's Punchbowl Falls Trailhead so it was easy to miss
The start of the Scott’s Track was actually a short walk further to the north of Arthur’s Pass Village and the Devil’s Punchbowl Falls Trailhead so it was easy to miss

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, but that’s why I contend that the Scott’s Track view would be the way to go to see this falls.

That said, it really was more of a complementary waterfall than prime waterfall attraction, in my mind.


Bridal Veil 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.

Scotts_Track_001_11212004 - Starting on the elusive Scott's Track
Scotts_Track_010_11212004 - Context of Bridal Veil Falls with some snow-crusted mountains in the background

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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