Rockfall closes Sutherland Falls track

Sutherland Falls are 5th highest in the world

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 16:20 02/11/2012
Sutherland Falls
Louise Taylor

SUTHERLAND FALLS: Considered the fifth highest waterfall in the world.

Sutherland Falls spill from Quill Lake
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STUNNING: The Sutherland Falls spill from Quill Lake.

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Rockfall has forced the closure of the track to one of the world's highest waterfalls.

The 90-minute walk to the Sutherland Falls is a side route off the Milford Track.

The Milford Track remains open.

The Sutherland Falls Track was closed by the Department of Conservation after bad weather triggered a rockfall late last month.

The Sutherland Falls, at 580 metres, is the fifth-highest waterfall in the world. It is reached by a 90-minute side trip.

DOC spokesman Ross Kerr said two large rocks were precariously hanging above the track, making it unsafe for visitors to reach the base of the falls.

However, the falls could still be seen from the main Milford Track.

He said the track would remain closed until the rocks were moved, either because of bad weather or human intervention.

However, if the Sutherland Falls Track was deemed too risky after further assessment, an alternative track may be built.

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