Fiordland National Park is an area of wilderness and isolation. Please take all necessary precautions when going on a walk or hike. Wear appropriate footwear, and carry ample water, food and warm clothing. The majority of the walks we have listed below are well-marked, easy walks that will let you see the rainforests of Fiordland from the safety of a track.
The Chasm Walk – 15 minutes return
There are two footbridges over the Cleddau River which offers spectacular views of a series of waterfalls. Thousands of years of swirling water have sculpted round shapes and basins in the rock.
Humboldt Falls Walk – 30 minutes return
Travel 18 kilometres down the Hollyford Road to the very end of the road. The road is gravel for its entire length but relatively flat. A well graded track takes you on a short climb through rainforest to the lookout of the impressive Humboldt Falls (275 metres).
Milford Foreshore Walk – 30 minutes return
Follow the boardwalk from the Milford Sound car park. A wooden boardwalk takes you to the water’s edge offering unimpeded views of the fiord and Mitre Peak in fine weather. This is a circular walkway.
Lake Gunn Nature Walk – 45 minutes return
An easy loop walk to Lake Gunn which is also wheelchair accessible. The walk provides an introduction to red beech forest and birdlife of the Eglinton Valley. Side trips can be made to lake beaches and sheltered fishing spots.
Routeburn Track: Key Summit – 3 hours return
The track starts at The Divide car park and shelter (514 metres) and follows the Routeburn Track for about an hour. It then branches off for a 20 minute climb to Key Summit through native forest, then over open ground where there is a self-guided alpine nature walk. Walkers will pass a range of native vegetation: beech forest, sub-alpine shrub lands, and alpine tarns and bogs. Birdlife is in abundance with tomtits, robins, wood pigeons and bellbirds commonly seen. Key Summit provides panoramic views over the Humboldt and Darran Mountains and down the three valleys of the Greenstone, Hollyford and Eglinton valleys.
20 minutes return to Cascades or 3 hours return to Lake Marian
Turn off the Milford Road onto the Hollyford Road. The car park is located one kilometre on the left. The track crosses a swing bridge and proceeds through mature beech forest. To get to the viewing gantry, there is an elevated walkway beside a small river with large boulders covered with moss offering great photographic opportunities. The track to this point is easy walking and well maintained. From the viewing gantry up to Lake Marian, the track is far more difficult and very muddy when wet. Lake Marian sits in a closed hanging glacial valley with spectacular scenery.
Gertrude Saddle Walk – 4 to 6 hours return
(Fine weather walk only)
The track starts at the Homer Hut car park about 1 kilometre from the Te Anau (eastern) side of the Homer Tunnel and is not marked. This easy walk along the riverbed to the end of Gertrude Valley (800 metres) turns into a steep climb which takes you up to Black Lake and then the Gertrude Saddle. In fine weather, it offers spectacular views of Milford Sound and the Darran Mountains. There is high avalanche risk in winter and spring.
For more advanced tracks, please fill in an intentions form at the Department of Conservation (DOC) office in Te Anau. Click here for a downloadable copy of a Road to Milford Sound map.