Sutherland Falls

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Sutherland Falls
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Location Fiordland, New Zealand, 44°48′.8028″S 167°43′48.76″E / 44.800223000°S 167.7302111°E / -44.800223000; 167.7302111
Type Tiered
Total height 581 m
Number of drops 3
Longest drop 248 m
flow rate
11 m3/s

Sutherland Falls is a waterfall near Milford Sound in New Zealand's South Island. At 580 metres (1,904 feet) the falls were long believed to be the tallest waterfall in New Zealand. However, Browne Falls cascades 843 metres (2,766 feet) down a mountainside in Doubtful Sound, leading some to view that as the tallest.[1]

Water falls in three cascades, the upper is 229 m tall, middle - 248 m, lower - 103 m tall. Vertical fall of 580 m is made over 480 m of horizontal distance, thus the mean grade of falls is approximately 56 degrees.

The base of Sutherland Falls is a 90 minutes (return) walk from Quintin Public Shelter on the Milford Track.[2]


  1. ^ Jock Phillips. Waterfalls - A land of waterfalls, Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, Ministry for Culture and Heritage. ISBN 978-0-478-18451-8. Updated 1 March 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
  2. ^ Milford Track - Track description, New Zealand Department of Conservation. Retrieved 19 May 2011.

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