New Zealand is known for hosting some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and Purakaunui Falls in the world. This country is divided into two large islands: The North Island and the South Island, the second is currently the most visited by tourists due to the huge number of natural attractions with an indescribable beauty. The southern island is famous for having diverse Purakaunui Falls ranging from green hills and pristine beaches to rocky mountains and furious rivers. Those who are willing to go further will be fortunate enough to see glaciers and penguins because the southern island is near Antarctica.
History of Purakaunui Falls
Purakaunui Falls are waterfalls located on the South Island, in the east of the Otago region. Located in the scenic reserve of the Catlins forests, the waterfalls are formed by the river with the same name. They are a series of small waterfalls through a dense, moist forest.
The Catlins is a sparsely populated area, famous for its scenic coastal landscape and dense temperate forests, home to a large group of endangered bird species. Due to its geographic location, the weather is usually choppy with large waves attracting many surfers.
Ecological tourism is a growing factor in the economy of the region, which competes with livestock and fisheries. The old whaling and paper mills were closed long ago, as well as the ship traffic near the coast, which left many shipwrecks. Currently, only 1200 people reside in the area, most of them in the Owaka settlement.
Purakaunui Falls are 20 meters over layers of trees, while the highest jump is called Niagara Falls named by a topographer as a joke because in a matter of fact it is less than one meter high. It is a 30-minute excursion through a dense forest of vegetation that will lead us to an impressive waterfall. Both the course and the waterfall are truly beautiful.
Wood bridges and impressive thick vegetation will delight us along the way. The Parakaunui Falls are different to the previous ones, since although they do not present so much height, its magnitude struck us. The tour is short and has no difficulty.
Some Travel Tips for Purakaunui Falls
- Along the route through The Catlins, there are no gas stations, important to refuel before.
- Slope Point: The walk from the parking area up there will take you about 15 minutes unless the wind takes you before.
- Curio Bay: The best hours to spot penguins are 7-9, both in the morning and in the afternoon
- Where to sleep: We spend the night in the free “Waikawa Recreation Reserve” Campsite, very close to Curio Bay and with a lot of land to cars and shops. The sinks are large, and there is water available. Good choice.”
The Caltins is only crossed by the main road, which runs from the northeast to the southwest as an alternative route to State Highway 1, bordering The Catlins to the northwest.The Catlins is located on the edge of the administrative areas of the Clutha District and the Southland District