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Emily Falls Walk – Blandswood – Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

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The walk starts after a climb up Lookout Road. Lookout Road is unsealed and on a steep incline. There is no room to park near the start of the walk so it is best to park at the car park at the corner of Blandswood/Lookout Road and start the walk from there.

The climb continues as you enter the forest and officially start the walk. Along the way, the track splits with that of Rata Falls. Continuing along the Emily Falls Walk, the track descends towards a stream. You will need to walk through the streambed. 

On the other side of the streambed, the track climbs a little once more and then descends again until you finally arrive at Emily Falls. The falls themselves are only about 10 metres tall and tucked between trees. 

This walk is not known to be busy so you may find yourself the only one on the track. You will be able to enjoy the serenity of the forest, both the wildlife and the vegetation.

It is popular to do this walk in conjunction with the Rata Falls Walk, which is short but steep.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1.5 hour walk
        • Distance: 3.2 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: 214 m
        • Wet Feet: There are 3 streams to cross
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Poor coverage
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track leads to Emily Falls, a small but scenic waterfall.

  • Track Quality

    The track is steep and then heads downwards, so it is necessary to climb and descend sleepily on return.

  • Hazards

    Water levels of the streams

  • Transport


  • Water


  • 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. Turn left onto Blandswood Road. Drive 2 km until you reach the car park.

  • 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

    There is a camping ground at Clarke Flat.

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