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McLean Falls

The Catlins, Southland Region, South Island, New Zealand


The Catlins (The Catlins Coast) comprises an area on the lower south east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The area lies between Balclutha and Invercargill, straddling the boundary between the Otago and Southland regions. It includes the South Island's southernmost point, Slope Point. The Catlins has a vast range of scenic attractions, all of which are quite accessible. They include beautiful natural scenery, such as rivers, waterfalls, lakes, caves, forests, beaches and other wonders. Getting there is easy as you can either access the Catlins from Christchurch International Airport, Queenstown International Airport, Dunedin Airport or Invercargill Airport. The Catlins is situated on the Southern Scenic Route and is the main touring route for the Otago and Southland region. The sealed highway allows you to access all the region has to offer by way of a scenic, relaxing drive. Additional tourist drives join the Southern Scenic Route to extend the scenic journey through the Catlins.

McLean Falls is a 22-metre waterfall on the Tautuku River in Catlins Forest Park and it is one of the more beautiful waterfalls in the Catlins Forest. Together with Purakaunui Falls, the McLean Falls is one of the most photographed falls in New Zealand. The walk to the falls passes through a variety of forest and shrub types: divaricating shrubland, huge tree fuchsia, stands of olearia and podocarp forest. You can also find magnificient Lower McLean Falls just below the main McLean Falls. It's hidden in a small and narrow mossy gorge just few meters off the track to the main McLean Falls. The entrance to the McLean Falls River Walk is three kilometres from the Southern Scenic Route on Rewcastle Road. A footbridge crosses the subsidiary, Duckaday Creek, named by the early settler, McLean, who used to bathe in it from time to time. The walk follows an easy grade along the Tautuku River valley with views of the river and bush. Native trees found along the route are labelled. McLean Falls is a favorite travel destination amongst many of the visitors who tour the Catlins on the South Island of New Zealand.