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 a waterfall that I didn’t know its name because the signage at this falls said “Waterfall Walk” and nothing more.

It wasn’t until after the trip when I indirectly associated verbiage from a tramping board (who had identified it with this name) with our experience as well as some local New Zealand maps did I finally proceed with referring to this waterfall by its creek’s name.

Waterfall_Walk_006_11202004 - Five Mile Creek Falls
Five Mile Creek Falls

While Julie and I were racing to get from Christchurch to Greymouth then heading north to try to catch a sunset at the Pancake Rocks, we noticed the aforementioned highway sign near Lewis Pass.

That pretty much got us to stop and briefly check it out before continuing on (despite our rush).

This stop certainly made us cut it real close as it was already late in the afternoon on a sunny day.

Under more normal circumstances, I’d imagine this would have been an opportunity to break up the driving while getting a photo op in there.

So we stopped the car at the pullout next to the sign, then in the interest of time, Julie stayed behind while I rushed my way up the 10-minute walk (in each direction; 20 minutes return).

It took surprisingly more time than I was hoping for because the walk was all uphill on the way there.

There was a small cascade near the pullout before I was getting a real cardio workout in my haste.

Eventually, after about 7 minutes, I saw the impressively tall 40m waterfall, which was very thin and it barely fit into my camera’s frame since I was so close to it.

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.

It took me about 5 more minutes to return to the pullout since it was all downhill going in that direction.


Five Mile Creek Falls resides in the Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve in the West Coast region. 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_001_11202004 - At the signposted pullout at the start of the Waterfall Walk
Waterfall_Walk_018_11202004 - This was the tiny cascade I saw at the start of the Waterfall Walk
Waterfall_Walk_009_11202004 - Finally approaching the Five Mile Creek Falls


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 junctioned. 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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