From the start of the walk, follow the footbridge across the Bealey River. The next bridge, over Devils Punchbowl Creek, has a good view of the waterfall. From here, wander through lush beech forest with friendly fantails/pīwakawaka and tomtits before climbing 150 m up a series of steps to a viewing platform at the base of this spectacular waterfall.
Return on the same track.
The track starts at the northern end of Arthur's Pass village, just off SH73 at the Punchbowl car park (signposted off the highway).
Nature and conservation
Kea love this place as much as people do. There’s also a good chance you’ll hear or see the great spotted kiwi/roroa during a twilight evening walk.
Know before you go
What to expect:
- Track surface: Large number of steps – some people may find these challenging
- Elevation change: +/- 69 m
- Wet and cold conditions can occur at any time, even in summer
- Be prepared
Ensure you take:
- drinking water
- insect repellant
- sun protection
- warm and layered clothing
- waterproof/windproof jacket, hat and gloves
- sturdy footwear
Source: Department of Conservation (Banner image 'Devil's Punchbowl Falls' by Russell Street / Creative Commons. Hero image: 'Devil's Punchbowl Falls' by Katja Schulz / Creative Commons)