Visible from the highway, Twin Creek Falls near Arthur's Pass is a short walk from the Temple
Basin Track Car Park, across the rocky, open valley floor. At over 110 metres in height and with only scrubby
vegetation around, the falls stand out in the landscape.
Above: Twin Creek Falls from the Temple Basin Track car park
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I visited in winter, and was unable to traverse very far along the Temple Basin Track towards the falls due to icy conditions.
The track has mid-sized boulders that move around under your feet, so try and bring a pair of walking boots with ankle support. There is
no official walking track to the falls, but the Temple Basin Track takes you up beside the falls. If anyone has managed to get closer
to the falls than I did, let me know via the comment form below.
Above: Twin Creek Falls squeezing through the rock in winter
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Your Seasonal Guide:
|Streamflow data is not locally available for this river, but based on available rainfall information,
there is likely to be reliable flow over the falls all year round, with flows evenly spread throughout the year. Access
is more difficult in winter due to ice on the rocky walking track.
||Visit from midday onwards to see the falls in full sun.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Accessible from the Temple Basin Track Car Park, West Coast Road (State Highway 73), Arthur's Pass National Park,
4 km north of Arthur's Pass, 150 km (approx. 2 hour drive) north west of the Christchurch city centre.
From Christchurch head along the State Highway 73 through Sheffield and Springfield up to
Arthur's Pass. After driving 4 km past Arthur's Pass, the Temple Basin Track Car Park is on the right hand side, next to
the road. From the car park, follow the track, which takes you up the hill nearer to the waterfall.
115 metres (source: NZ Dept of Conservation)
Near vertical drop
Swimming available at the falls:
Car park at the start of the walking trail. No other facilities, so
take your rubbish home with you.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
Camping is available for a nominal fee at the Avalanche Creek Shelter campsite,
which is about 500 metres south of Punchbowl Road, between the visitor centre and the chapel. There are only
ten tent sites available here. There are a few other campsites a few kilometres outside of town at Greyneys
Shelter and Klondyke Corner, which also have only a limited number of spots. All campsites are first in,
first served, and you pay on arrival at the
self-registration stand. If you are staying overnight in the area and don't want to camp, you can try the following options.
I stayed at the Alpine Motel (as a paying guest) and found it a comfortable base for exploring the area.
All distances to the start of the walk to the falls below are by road, not as the crow flies.
NZ Department of Conservation
Devil's Punchbowl Falls
about 3 km closer to town, and
Avalanche Creek Falls
Before you head out, make sure you read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Specific to this site, the managing authority warns of icy
conditions in winter, and of the possibility of falling if venturing close to cliff edges.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the start of the trail to the falls. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can occur with some browsers, simply refresh this web page.
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If you would like to leave a comment about this waterfall, please fill in the comment box below.
I'm particularly interested in your experiences after visiting, and any changes in conditions, etc.
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