Five Mile Creek Falls ("Waterfall Walk")

Lewis Pass, South Island, New Zealand

About Five Mile Creek Falls (“Waterfall Walk”)


Hiking Distance: 1km round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2004-11-21
Date last visited: 2004-11-21

Waterfall Latitude: -42.36311
Waterfall Longitude: 172.2476

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Five Mile Creek Falls was an impressively tall but thin 40m waterfall near the Lewis Pass area of the South Island.

During our visit in November 2004, I actually I didn’t know this waterfall’s name because the signage at its trailhead said “Waterfall Track” and nothing more.

Waterfall_Walk_006_11202004 - Five Mile Creek Falls
Five Mile Creek Falls

It wasn’t until after the trip did I finally proceed with referring to this waterfall by its creek’s name.

However, I only managed to do that after indirectly associating verbiage from a tramping board (who had identified it with this name) with our experience along with referencing some local New Zealand maps.

According to the signage, the Waterfall Track took 20 minutes total (10 minutes each way), but I wound up taking less than 15 minutes.

From the pullout at its trailhead, I went up a steep but well-developed uphill track that ended up being a real cardio workout.

Waterfall_Walk_001_11202004 - Context of the Waterfall Walk or Waterfall Track leading up to the main drop of the Five Mile Creek Falls
Context of the Waterfall Walk or Waterfall Track leading up to the main drop of the Five Mile Creek Falls

Eventually, after about 7 minutes, I reached the end of the track where I saw the Five Mile Creek Falls making me with I had a wide angle lens to capture its entirety.

Meanwhile, the foliage around me conspired to block the views at every other viewing position except for right in front of it.

The photo you see at the top of this page was my best effort with my camera at the time.

In any case, after having my fill of this waterfall, it took me about 5 minutes to return to the pullout since it was all downhill going in that direction.

Waterfall_Walk_018_11202004 - Looking towards the bottom or intermediate cascade on Five Mile Creek, which was an early indication of the state of the Five Mile Creek Falls
Looking towards the bottom or intermediate cascade on Five Mile Creek, which was an early indication of the state of the Five Mile Creek Falls

That said, the circumstances of my visit was in a bit of haste because Julie and I were racing to get from Christchurch to Greymouth then heading north to try to catch the sunset at the Pancake Rocks.

As a result, there may have been other aspects about this walk that I might have overlooked.

Authorities

Five Mile Creek Falls resides in the Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve near Springs Junction in the West Coast 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.

Lewis_Pass_Hwy_001_11202004 - Driving the Lewis Pass Highway
Lewis_Pass_Hwy_022_11202004 - Here was where the Lewis Pass Highway started to get more mountainous as we were getting closer to Springs Junction
Waterfall_Walk_009_11202004 - Finally approaching the Five Mile Creek Falls

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The start of the “Waterfall Walk” or Five Mile Creek Falls was about 8km east of the hamlet of Springs Junction where the SH7 (Lewis Pass Hwy) and SH65 intersected.

The roadside sign was on the south side of the road (to our left as we were headed west).

The way we went was from Christchurch so we had to drive north on SH1 for about 47km north of the city, then turn left onto SH7 (Waipara Flat Rd).

We then followed SH7 for about 144km before we reached the Waterfall Walk sign.

Coming from the SH6 and SH7 junction in Greymouth, we would have to go east on SH7 for 128km before seeing the Waterfall Walk on our right.

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