Pelorus Bridge Waterfall Walk

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Take a break while driving from Piston to Nelson.

Walk through the clean green native bush. The same can be said for the river, cool, clean and drinkable.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Northern End. South Island
  • Distance: 4.30 kms
  • Time needed: 2 hours return without stopping for a coffee.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Round Trip
  • Elevation: Unknown
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: No
  • Last Updated: November, 2019
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Points of interest along the walk​

Point 1: Pelorus Bridge, Water Falls Tramp – Start

If you are driving from picton to Nelson, turn left in to the main car park. There is a good information board, just inside the cap park. Just before the cafe, on the left is the start to the track. When you walk in to the caravan park turn to the left and follow the tree line to the next sign and on your way to the falls.

Point 2: Pelorus Bridge, Water Falls Tramp – Track

The next sign is to the Tawa track on the left. This track is a very short walk back to the car park. So walk on to the next turn off.

Point 3: Pelorus Bridge, Water Falls Tramp – Track

Trig K Look Out. Is again on the left. And only 5 minutes for the Tawa walk turn off. The trig K Look out is a rough 4 Hour return tramp, with a 417 Mt crawl to the top. Not a tramp to be attempted by a townie in dress shoes.

Point 4: Pelorus Bridge, Water Falls Tramp – Track

Next turn off is at the first set of falls on this tramp. The walk in to the fall is just 2 minutes away. Don’t expect to be excited by what you see. Unless you are in to soft green mosses and ferns. The giant Punga ferns will make up for the disappointing falls.

Point 5: Pelorus Bridge, Water Falls Tramp – Track

At least you can enjoy the view of the Pelorus River as you walk up to the Elvy Falls. Don’t plan having lunch at Elvy falls. Your best bet is to look for the perfect spot to sit in the sun and enjoy the peace and quiet on the way back. You are only 20 minutes away from the falls. Did you pick up a trout fishing license in Nelson before you left? There must be a couple of 4Kg trout swimming around this end of the river.

Point 6: Pelorus Bridge, Water Falls Tramp – Track

One hour to the Elvy Falls. The Elvy Falls are tucked in a gully, with very little sun light penetrating the canopy, it was a little on the dark side and damp. To get closer to the falls you need to rock hop across the creek, not a problem so long as there was no rain, the day before. Yes, the water was too cold for a swim, even around March, but the water was perfect for drinking, cool clear and clean. At the time of taking these photos there was a massive big tree in the middle of the falls as well, which doesn’t help to see it too good.

What sort of walking and hiking gear will you need

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