The Divide, Te Anau-Milford Highway, Fiordland National Park

Enjoy panoramic views over mountains, alpine lakes and Fiordland National Park on this half-day walk. If you only have time for one walk on your drive to Milford Sound, and the weather is fine, this 3 hour return track is well worth the effort and is suitable for families.

This 3.4km walk begins at The Divide, on the Milford Road. It follows the Routeburn Track for about an hour before a sign marks the turn off to the Key Summit Track. From here it is a 20 minute climb to the summit, with panoramic views over the Humboldt and Darran Mountains.

The alpine scenes at the summit include native vegetation, sub-alpine shrublands, alpine tarns and bogs, and prolific birdlife, such as Tomtits, Robins, and Bellbirds. During the last ice age, which ended about 14,000 years ago, a huge glacier flowed down the Hollyford Valley and overtopped Key Summit by 500m, with ice branches splitting off into the Eglinton and Greenstone Valleys.

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Last modified
Fri 17 Dec 2021
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