Devil's Punchbowl Walking Track
Feel the full force and sound of fresh mountain water falling 131 m down one of New Zealand’s most stunning waterfalls. It's one of the Department of Conservation's best short walks.
- Spectacular waterfall
- Lush beech forest
From the start of the walk, follow the footbridge across the Bealey River. The next bridge, over Devils Punchbowl Creek, has a good view of the waterfall. From here, wander through lush beech forest with friendly fantails/pīwakawaka and tomtits before climbing 150 m up a series of steps to a viewing platform at the base of this spectacular waterfall.
Return on the same track.
Nature and conservation
Know before you go
What to expect
- Track surface: Large number of steps – some people may find these challenging
- Elevation change: +/- 69 m
- Wet and cold conditions can occur at any time, even in summer.
Ensure you take:
- drinking water
- insect repellant
- sun protection
- warm and layered clothing and waterproof/windproof jacket, hat and gloves
- sturdy footwear.
How to get here
The track starts at the northern end of Arthur's Pass village, just off SH73 at the Punchbowl car park (signposted off the highway).