Roaring Billy Falls

Mt Aspiring / Haast Pass, South Island, New Zealand

About Roaring Billy Falls

Hiking Distance: 800m round trip
Suggested Time: 25 minutes

Date first visited: 2004-11-24
Date last visited: 2004-11-24

Waterfall Latitude: -43.93393
Waterfall Longitude: 169.2945

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Mt_Aspiring_NP_019_11232004 - Roaring Billy Falls
Roaring Billy Falls

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.

Mt_Aspiring_NP_016_11232004 - After traversing through the bush, we got this look at the context of Roaring Billy Falls and the Haast River
After traversing through the bush, we got this look at the context of Roaring Billy Falls and the Haast River

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.


Roaring Billy Falls resides in Mt Aspiring National Park near Haast in the Otago 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.

Mt_Aspiring_NP_021_11232004 - Closer more zoomed in view of Roaring Billy Falls

Roaring Billy Falls 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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Roaring Billy Waterfall, Haast February 1, 2010 9:34 pm by Judith Bishop - Roaring Billy Waterfalls track is a lovely bush walk into this waterfall, but mind the sandflies, they are voracious. It's worth walking over the stones to the river edge, the view of the waterfall is much better there. ...Read More

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