Kelceys Bush is named after two brothers Julius and Frank Kelcey (the spelling of their name became changed over time) who helped clear the surrounding land after the Waimate fire. Despite milling for firewood and stock grazing, which continued until 1965, Kelceys Bush was a popular picnic spot, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s.

In 1901, local MP Sir William Stewards suggested that a portion of Kelceys Bush should be reserved for the preservation of the forest and abundant native bird life; Kākā, Kererū and Tūī. A recommendation was made to the Surveyor General suggesting it would be a mistake to allow this piece of bush to disappear.

A gentle climb and some steps take you to a viewing platform overlooking the falls. The pipe alongside the track, and at the falls, supplied Waimate’s water from 1915 to 1932 when it was discontinued following a major flood. A short branch off this track leads you to a lookout and seat where you get great views up the valley.