Roaring Billy Falls was a fragmented waterfall that Julie and I didn’t expect to visit during our November 2004 trip to New Zealand as we hadn’t run across any literature about it prior to that trip. However, after visiting Depot Creek Falls and continuing the drive east through the Haast River Valley past Orman Falls, we came across a sign talking about this waterfall. So we made a spontaneous stop, and we ended up with a much quieter experience than the more famous waterfalls in the area like Thunder Creek Falls and Fantail Falls though the walk was a bit longer than those other two waterfalls combined.
The walk was pretty straightforward as we went on a boardwalk surrounded by native bush. In some instances, it almost felt as if the foliage acted as a canopy, and perhaps that might have been a reason why we thought it was getting a little humid during our walk. In any case, the slightly downhill 15-minute walk (in each direction; 30 minutes return) was on a combination of boardwalk and gravel. Once we made it through the bush, we found ourselves on a wide and pebbly flat flanking the coloured waters of the Haast River. As we looked across the river, we saw the mostly hidden cascade of the Roaring Billy Falls from across the river. The sandflies in the area were starting to annoy us (not to mention conspiring to leave those annoyingly itchy welts after a bite) so we didn’t linger here for long.
This waterfall was less than 5km east of Depot Creek Falls along SH6. So see the Depot Creek Falls page for details and directions as well as the location context.
For context, Haast Junction (to the west) was about 2 hours drive (144km) south of Franz Josef and 316km (4 hours drive) south of Greymouth. In the opposite direction, Haast Pass (to the south) was about 2 hours drive (147km) north of Queenstown along SH6.
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