Acland Falls Track – Te Wanahu – 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 Te Wanahu Flat, follow the track which is clearly indicated with signs. The walk to the falls is an ascent. After about 500 metres, the track splits between Acland Falls and Allans Track. Follow the track on the right to continue to Acland Falls (about 300 metres). 

Return the same way or continue down to Clarke Flat. This part of the track takes you through the stream bed. On the Clarke Flat side, the descent is short and steep. 

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 about this walk

  • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 1 hour walk
  • Distance: 1.4-1.6 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • 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

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