At 174 meters high, Earland Falls is one of the most stunning waterfalls in New Zealand.

The falls originate from Lake Roberts. 

This walk starts at The Divide car park and makes up part of the Routeburn Track. The start of this walk is on an incline but then gives your legs a rest as the track descends towards Lake Howden. From the lake, you will be able to see some of the surrounding mountains. However, the majority of this walk is through thick green birch forest. Make sure to look up at the trees and you may spot some native birds.

From Lake Howden, continue on towards Lake Mackenzie. Earland Falls are between the two lakes. Along the way, you will likely also see smaller waterfalls, especially after periods of rain. The rain may also lead to flooding so you might get a little wet. In any case, you will probably feel the mist of the waterfall if you stand too close.

The track begins to climb once more after Lake Howden. It opens onto a clearing from which you will see Earland Falls. In summer months, it is lovely to take a dive into the waterfall’s pool.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 6 hour walk
  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Bikes allowed: No
  • Route: Return
  • Elevation: Unknown
  • Wet Feet: Yes, though there is a flood detour.
  • Toilets: There are toilets at the start of the walk and at Lake Howden Hut.
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Unknown
  • Last Updated: April, 2020

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