The Purakaunui Falls are a cascading multi-tiered waterfall on the Purakaunui River, located in the Catlins. These beautiful falls have become an iconic image of the southern South Island. The falls are in an isolated area surrounded by native bush in a scenic reserve and fall 20m in three tiers.

The falls are located 17 km (11 mi) to the southwest of the small town of Owaka and five kilometres (3 miles) from the river's outflow into the Pacific Ocean. They can be reached via a short, well-signposted bush walk from a gravel side-road off the main Owaka-Invercargill road.

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Map showing Purakaunui Falls