Photo Tour Friday: Roaring Billy Falls Walk, New Zealand

by Gina on February 8, 2013 · 4 comments

Chasing Waterfalls on the Roaring Billy Falls Walk in New Zealand

Roaring Billy Falls Walk: A view of the waterfall entices you from the road.

Roaring Billy Falls Walk: A view of the waterfall entices you from the road.

It’s hard to go very far in New Zealand without running into some type of walking trail. One of these that is located right off a main roadway is Roaring Billy Falls Walk in New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a good spot to get out and stretch your legs if you’re driving from Franz Josef to Wanaka or Queenstown as it’s a quick twenty minute walk round trip.

Roaring Billy Falls Walk: The trail is serene and peaceful.

The trail is serene and peaceful.

When hiking Roaring Billy Falls Walk, you’re also rewarded with a view of a lakeside waterfall at the end of the trail before turning around to make your way back.

Roaring Billy Falls Walk: The view at the end of the trail.

Roaring Billy Falls Walk: The view at the end of the trail.

Roaring Billy Falls Walk: A close-up of the waterfall.

A close-up of the pretty waterfall.

The walk itself is very pleasant, too. Trees that look like they should be in a more tropical climate frame the trail along with mountainous shrubs and moss.

Roaring Billy Falls Walk, New Zealand: Lush trees that look like they belong in a tropical rainforest line the trail.

Lush trees that look like they belong in a tropical rainforest line the trail.

Peppermint colored moss covered the trees on the Roaring Billy Falls Walk in New Zealand.

Peppermint colored moss covered the trees on the Roaring Billy Falls Walk.

Roaring Billy Falls Walk, New Zealand: The green foliage of the trees is striking against the sky even on rainy, cloudy day.

The green foliage of the trees is striking against the sky even on rainy, cloudy day.

An extra hint if you visit Roaring Billy Falls Walk in New Zealand: Sandflies are prominent where there’s water and they will quickly swarm your car so get in and out quickly to avoid doing a lot of bug squashing once you’re back on the road.

 

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Charles @ The Barefoot Nomad February 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Gina, the South Island is a lot lusher than we expected it to be and I remember the sand flies well. I can’t remember how often we pulled over someplace beautiful and started strolling along some path and reaching some gorgeous river, stream or waterfall with not a soul in sight. It wasn’t until a few minutes after we stopped and enjoyed the view that “the swarms” caught our scent and sent us running back to the car. Never seemed we had much of a problem until we got to the water and stopped for a bit. Good times!

Thanks for reminding me how much we enjoyed New Zealand. Gorgeous place and great people.

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Gina February 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for sharing some of your memories from New Zealand, Charles! New Zealand is a wonderful place. Also, glad to hear I wasn’t the only one getting attacked by those pesky sandflies! ;)

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Arianwen February 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

Love the sandfly tip. Those waterfalls look stunning. New Zealand is top of my list!
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Gina March 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

New Zealand was amazing. The sand flies were the only part I didn’t like!

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