Story: Waterfalls

Sutherland Falls (1st of 2)

Sutherland Falls

These falls were discovered in 1880 by a prospector and explorer, Donald Sutherland. With a total drop of 580 metres in three leaps, they soon attained fame as the ‘highest fall in New Zealand’, although this claim has since been challenged. The falls became a popular stop on the Milford Track, which tourists began to use in 1888. Two years later a young surveyor, William Quill, climbed up beside the fall. The tarn which feeds the falls was named Lake Quill in his honour.

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Natural Sciences Image Library of New Zealand
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Photograph by G. R. Roberts

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Jock Phillips, 'Waterfalls - A land of waterfalls', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11749/sutherland-falls (accessed 29 March 2017)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007