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Rata Falls Walk – Blandswood – Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

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Leave your car at the car park on Blandswood Road and climb up Lookout Road to the start of the walk. The start of the walk is clearly signposted. Continue climbing once you start on the official track. 

After about 20 minutes, the track splits with the Emily Falls walk. Head right to continue to Rata Stream and Rata Falls. Once you reach the stream, follow it upstream. It will lead you to the falls.

The walk takes you through the streambed. Depending on water levels, this section of the walk can be muddy or even fully immersed in water. It is important to have waterproof boots for this walk.

Along this walk, you will experience the wildlife and vegetation of the reserve. The views to take in are the forest itself. 

The commons return route is the same way you came. However, there is the possibility to travel down the stony riverbed of Rata Stream. The stream leads back to Blandswood Road and the car park. The benefit of this alternate route is the section of gorge. 

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 2 hour walk
        • Distance: 3 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: Unknown
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: 150 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 Rata Falls, a small but scenic waterfall.

  • Track Quality

    The track is steep and through a streambed for most of the second half of the walk.

  • 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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