Discovering natural wonders are often one of the most fulfilling and memorable moments of a trip. Luckily, many escorted tours to Australia and New Zealand offer an abundance of stunning natural scenery for you to immerse yourself in. We think that some of New Zealand and Australia’s most impressive landscapes feature the most majestic waterfalls. Across each of these countries, there are a large number of waterfalls worthy of a visit, but we have managed to narrow it down to 10 of the very best waterfalls that we believe everyone must see:
Sutherland Falls – New Zealand
Standing at 580 metres, this extraordinary waterfall is New Zealand’s highest waterfall and well deserving of the top spot on our list. This waterfall is located deep within Fiordland National park and can be visited as part of the legendary 4-day Milford Track trail. However, if a 4-day hike isn’t for you, the scenic flights are a very popular option for sightseeing enthusiasts. Either way, a trip to Sutherland Falls is more than worth it. Find out more here.
Mitchell Falls – Australia
Located in the Kimberly Region of Western Australia, Mitchell Falls is a hidden gem amongst the vast red-rock wilderness. This dynamic waterfall has multiple tiers making it a picture perfect spot for its camera-ready guests. To reach the falls you need up to 6 hours in order complete the moderate-to-difficult hike. Alternatively there are some great helicopter tours that provide first-class views without the hard work.
Devil’s Punchbowl Falls – New Zealand
The Devil’s Punchbowl Falls are situated in the Arthur’s Pass section of the great Southern Alps. The Falls are one of the main highlights in the famous Arthur’s Pass National Park, with people traveling from all over the world to view this stunning area. This awe-inspiring fall stands at 131 metres tall with the magnificent Alps as its backdrop.
Jim Jim Falls – Australia
When it comes to waterfalls in Australia, Jim Jim Falls is one to remember. With a 200-metre drop past its distinctive cliff face, be prepared to be impressed. It is important to consider the time of your trip when visiting Jim Jim Falls as during the wet season some routes may be closed off.
Humboldt Falls – New Zealand
Humboldt Falls is also in Fiordland National Park and is the smaller of the two waterfalls, standing at 275 metres. However, just because Humboldt is smaller than Sutherland Falls, it doesn’t mean it’s not as equally impressive. Surrounded by lush greenery, the fall is a truly spectacular sight you won’t easily forget.
Mackenzine Falls – Australia
In a list of the best waterfalls in Australia, it would be unfair not to mention Mackenzine Falls. This fall is often disregarded because of its 30-metre height, but it has proven to be both resilient and beautiful, as when the dry season comes and the water flow slows down, Mackenzine Falls still manages to stay strong and proud.
Bowen Falls – New Zealand
This New Zealand waterfall is found in one of the most beautiful spots in Milford Sound. The most popular way to visit this fall is on the Milford Sound Cruise where you can experience it in its full glory from the comfort of your ship’s deck, drink in hand.
Russell Falls – Australia
In the state of Tasmania, the must-see waterfall is Russell Falls. With its many tiers this mighty waterfall can be admired from the perfectly placed platforms around it. The fall is in the Mount Field National park and is surrounded by stunning walks through the giant gum trees. The park is also a great place to see some wallabies in the wild. Find out more about Russel Falls here.
Marokopa Falls – New Zealand
The final pick of our best waterfalls from New Zealand are the Marokopa Falls. Located on New Zealand’s North Island, these falls are arguably the island’s finest with its wide rectangular face and misty surroundings. Many people visit this area to see the well-known Waitomo Glowworm Caves unaware of the Marokopa beauty that resides beside the cave.
Montezuma Falls – Australia
In the Tasmanian state of Australia, Montezuma Fall is the highest waterfall with a drop of 104 metres. To reach these striking falls on foot, expect a three-hour round trip hike through a paved out forested area. The walk isn’t overly difficult and can be done at a steady pace while enjoying the picturesque surrounding.
Australia and New Zealand are home to some of the best waterfalls in the world and finding them is all part of the fun. To select our top 10 we had to be tough and cut out many remarkable falls, but hopefully we have helped in ensuring your trip will be full of the countries’ finest.
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Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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