A major waterfall within Mount Aspiring National Park and located adjacent to Rt. 6. Easily accessible by walking around 5min from the parking lot.
On a sunny day this road, heading up the Matukituki River, seems a 'walk in the park'. It is unsealed, not very wide, and at times crosses streams (fords). Also can be very rough with rocks in your way, so travel slowly as you may have to get out and move some rocks that have fallen onto the road. It's also necessary to be able to avoid oncoming cars when they appear. So just take it easy and don't rush along here.
Weather can change and heavy rain can turn the road into a more treacherous track, and it's these times when a 4wd is more desireable than a 6-berth motorhome. So check the weather forecast in Wanaka before heading up here.
We drove in a 40seater coach, but the driver is experienced with the road having been here many times, and we had support vehicles and people to clear the rocks. The coach was not a big wide one but more suited to this road.
In Mt Aspiring National Park, at various places, there are signs asking visitors not to feed the Keas. These are the native mountain parrots, who appear to be quite tame and friendly. However they can become a nuisance if they are fed. These birds are capable of stealing items from trampers. They have been know to even lift a boot or camera. Imagine on a very cold day, if they steal your glove or hat, or even a boot. Often trampers remove their boots to air their feet while they have lunch. It would not be so nice if you had to descend the mountain with only one boot!!
They are cheeky, strong, and have a penchant to steal or "collect" items from people. So if we all refrain from feeding them, then they are less inclined to want to search through our gear while we rest.
Visitors to New Zealand really find this a hard restraint, but local people realise the importance to heed the request. This is one of those times I advise that you take notice of the locals.