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Acland Falls – Clarke Flat – Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

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Acland Falls is a permanent waterfall in Peel Forest Park but it is recommended to visit the falls after a period of rain in order to truly experience its beauty. Acland Falls are 14 metres high.

The falls can be accessed from Clarke Flat or Te Wanahu Flat. From either of these starting points, it is possible to simply do a return trip. However, the best way to maximize this walk is to connect the two tracks together as a loop track.

Assuming you decide to start from Clarke Flat, the track starts near the camping ground. It is a steep climb for the majority of the walk. The track then drops into a small stream. Follow the track the rest of the way along the stream bed until you reach the falls.

Continue past the falls to start your descent towards Te Wanahu Flat. After about 300 metres, follow the left-hand track, or go right if you’d like to walk Allans Track. Once at Te Wanahu, head back up the road to Clarke Flat. 

Of note along this walk is the vegetation. The area, sunnier and drier than the rest of the park, has fuchsia, māhoe, kōwhai and kānuka plants growing.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1 hour walk
        • Distance: 1.2-1.4 km
        • Difficulty: One way
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Return or loop
        • Elevation: Short steep ascent
        • Wet Feet: The walk is partly through a streambed.
        • Toilets: There are toilets at the public shelter.
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Poor coverage
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views of Acland Falls. The vegetation along this track is unique due to drier and sunnier weather.

  • Track Quality

    The track has a steep start but then drops off.

  • Hazards


  • Transport


  • Water

    Drinking water is available at the public shelter.

  • Driving Instructions

    Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve is 22 km north of Geraldine. Head north on SH72 for 8 km. Turn left after Orari Bridge on Geraldine Arundel Road. Turn left after 3 km onto Peel Forest Road. Continue for 13 km.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are a couple shops and restaurants nearby, before entering the reserve.

  • Area & Track History

    Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve is the largest reserve in the Geraldine area, covering 783 hectares.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    Yes, there is a camping ground at Clarke Flat.

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