Purakaunui Falls is one of the most photographed falls in New Zealand and it is featured on the postage stamp issued in 1976. In Maori language the word “Purakaunui” means “big heap of firewood” apparently referring to the surrounding forest.
Purakaunui Falls is located in the beautiful Catlins region of the New Zealand’s South Island, just 17 km west of Owaka or 2 hours drive from Dunedin. The road to the falls is well signposted – from the Papatowai Highway take a turn to Warnock Road or Waikoato Valley Road and then to Purakaunui Falls Road to get to the carpark and beginning of the walking track. Short 10 minute walk follows the Purakaunui River and ends at the viewing platform near the falls.