It was a similar tramp to Ryde Falls in many ways, following a good track through bush to a waterfall coming down off the main mountain in the area. In the case of Ryde Falls it's Mt Oxford, and for Dog Stream waterfall it's Mt Isobel, the prominent peak behind the Hanmer Springs village.
There's a bit more climbing involved to get to the waterfall in Dog Stream, but it's still an easy outing.
The track begins at a well signposted carpark in the forestry area. Take care driving in as the roads can be actively used by logging trucks, depending on where logging is taking place at the time. The track follows the line of Dog Stream, climbing steadily with the stream. Alongside the track can be found some delightful little side streams - small, but with enough water to produce a nice little cascade over the moss covered rocks.
As you near the waterfall the track steepens a little, although to continue beyond the waterfall and up the track to Mt Isobel is where it truly steepens, before shortly emerging into an open glade, into which falls the 41m Dog Stream waterfall.
The waterfall falls as a narrow ribbon of water, falling very close to the hillside, down into a shallow pool.
An alternative return route follows what's marked as the Spur Track. However, take note of signposts as this track is often closed for logging in the area.
It's not the most spectacular waterfall you'll ever see, but it's a very pleasant walk in and worth getting a few hours exercise to go visit.
|Small side stream near the track|
|The upper part of Dog Stream Waterfall|
|And the lower part - 41m in total|
|Another small water feature along the trail|
|Crown Copyright - Land Information NZ|
Time: 2hr 30mins return
Map: BU24 Hanmer Springs