Roaring Billy – South Island New ZealandWe came upon Roaring Billy Falls pretty much by accident! As I’ve mentioned in my road trip post there are these little brown signs all over the place and I reckon you can find some amazing hidden gems by following them. We came across one of these signs as we were driving from Franz Josef Glacier to Wanaka/ Queenstown.
We had been driving for a couple of hours and thought we’d have a rest stop here. (In fact, we were actually looking for the Blue Pools as we had read that they were beautiful). I’m SO glad we did stop here as it is a gorgeous place!
Where is Roaring Billy Falls?
We were driving SH6 coming from Franz Josef Glacier. Roaring Billy is just over 2 hours from the glacier. Or if you’re coming from the other direction it’s around 1.5 hours from Wanaka.
The walk to Roaring Billy
The walk from the car park area to Roaring Billy takes 25 minutes. It is well signposted (as all things in New Zealand!) and is a short and beautiful walk through a forest. It is on a gravelly track so it’s an easy, flat walk. Be aware that at the end of the walk there are 5 or 6 steps to go down to get onto the pebbly area which is in front of the river. This part is pretty inaccessible for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
There are huge, tall trees and it felt like the place belonged to us as there were so few people there. We went in November and the weather was cold but bright and sunny. I really recommend visiting New Zealand in the Spring because it isn’t overrun with tourists and the weather (although changeable) was really good.
It’s flippin’ gorgeous!
When we got to the end of the walk we had our first glimpse of the water, the hills and Roaring Billy. It really is spectacular. We hadn’t seen water this colour before – a turquoisey, sparkly blue. And when we dipped our toes in we found the water was so refreshing and really clean.
It was a great place to unwind from the long car drive and stretch our legs. There is a huge pebbly area in front of the river. A great place for kids to run around and burn off some energy.
The mountains, bright blue sky, turquoise river and beautiful waterfall meant we spent a lot longer here than we had intended to!
When you’re there, try to beat Dan’s stone skipping count of 4 skips!