Waterfalls in Canterbury:
Ryde Falls – Oxford
Hidden in the heart of Oxford forest, these falls can be accessed from a number of walking tracks in the area including the Wharfedale Track, View Hill and Coopers Creek.
A 50 minute drive from Christchurch, there are both walking and mountain biking tracks. Dogs are allowed, as long as they are kept under control.
Devil’s Punchbowl – Arthur’s Pass
Climb to the base lookout and marvel at the unforgettable views of this 112-metre waterfall. This moderate grade track is a one-hour return walk, and located a two-hour drive from Christchurch.
Avalanche Creek Falls – Arthur’s Pass
See one, two, or all three waterfalls totalling 80 metres in height at Avalanche Creek Falls, located in Arthur’s Pass National Park. The lower falls are visible from the bridge, while the lookout platform at the end of the track offers a view of the middle falls.
For the top waterfall, and all three together, simply cross the road and follow the Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall track for a few minutes, then look back.
This is a short walk located a two hour drive out of Christchurch.
Anne’s Falls – Port Hills
A 45-minute drive from Christchurch, nestled in the Port Hills and off the beaten track is where you’ll find Anne’s Falls. Following the Rhodes Track, once you reach the stream it’s only a quick three-minute walk to the base of the falls.
This moderate walk is two hours return, and is steep in some places so sensible footwear is recommended.
In the midst of a working sheep, cattle and deer farm, Washpen Falls offers breath-taking views of the Canterbury Plains. A fee of $10 per adult and $5 per child (under 15) is charged to visit the falls, and includes a track guide and use of walking sticks.
Starting at the Old Washpen Woolshed, you will pass through an ancient volcanic canyon filled with lush native bush before emerging at the spectacular falls.
A one hour drive from Christchurch, moderate fitness is recommended to walk this two hour return track.