Bridal Veil Falls, New Zealand

Bridal Veil Falls in May 2011

There are two different Bridal Veil Falls in New Zealand (possibly more, since it’s a popular name for a waterfall). This is the one found on the South Island in Milford Sound. If you want to know more about Milford Sound, check out my post on Stirling Falls.

Even on a relatively dry, sunny day, you’ll see a number of pretty impressive waterfalls. Stirling Falls is one of the waterfalls that you will likely go under (intentionally) if you take the Milford Sound Cruise. On the other hand, Bridal Veil Falls is obvious, and yet tucked away enough that you’ll just be viewing it from afar. Milford Sound is absolutely amazing, and the falls, including Bridal Veil Falls, are no exception. Be aware, though, while you’re travelling relatively slow, you have to be ready to capture Bridal Veil Falls. Since you’re on a boat, the amount of time available is more limited. Renting a kayak might solve that problem?


  1. From Te Anau, head north on NZ-94 to its very end at Milford Sound. (From mid-May to October, you may want to check to make sure that the road is open to Milford Sound…It can close randomly, or snow chains may also be required.)
  2. At Milford Sound, park, head to the cruise area and board your cruise.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: ~75′
Length of Hike: not applicable

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