Hike Fiordland cover
Lisa Nicole

A Guide for Day Walks

Hike Fiordland

Base yourself in Te Anau and use the Hike Fiordland Passport (available at various accommodation providers and activities in Te Anau and across Murihiku Southland) to guide you to some of the best day walks around, experiencing a taste of the Great Walks nearby. Stay a week and complete them all, or tick off a few more with each visit.

Relax in the evenings in the comfort of your Te Anau lodgings, experiencing the best of Southland's food and hospitality. Chat with the locals and uncover even more of Te Anau's best-kept secrets and why people just keep coming back to this special place!

Explore these fantastic Fiordland day walks

Even if you missed out on a booking or simply don't have the time to tackle a Great Walk, it doesn't mean you have to miss out completely! You can walk parts of most Great Walks and still have an adventure with epic views. Walk up and back to Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track, climb up Key Summit on the Routeburn Track, or see the Giant Gate Falls on the Milford Track. Or choose one of the other day walks that are equally as rewarding.

Hike Fiordland Walking Map1. Milford Track - Sandfly Point to Giant Gate Walks
2. The Chasm
3. Routeburn Track - Lake Howden
4. Routeburn Track - Key Summit
5. Milford Track - Te Anau Downs to Clinton Hut
6. Lake Marian Falls Track
7. Lake Marian Track
8. Mirror Lakes
9. Lake Gunn Nature Walk
10. Pearl Harbour to Frasers Beach
11. Circle Track
12. Pearl Harbour to Hope Arm
13. Humboldt Falls
14. Te Anau to Upukerora River Mouth
15. Ivon Wilson Park
16/17. Te Anau to Punanga Manu o Te Anau & Control Gate
18. Kepler Track - Brod Bay
19. Kepler Track - Luxmore Hu
20. Kepler Track - Rainbow Reach
21. Kepler Track - Rainbow Reach to Shallow Bay/Moturau
22. Borland Valley
23. Mavora Lakes Trails

Lake Marian DrawingAccording to Māori legend, demi-god Tu-te-raki-whanoa carved the magnificent fiords, improving with every fiord he created, making Piopiotahi Milford Sound his masterpiece. In fear that people would stay in Milford Sound forever, the goddess Hine-nui-te-po created the sandfly to keep people at bay. Early Māori began to collect takiwai from Anita Bay, a prized translucent greenstone, over 800 years ago. In 1773, during Captain Cook's second voyage, Astronomer's Point was established, making Aotearoa, at that time, the most accurately mapped location in the world. Rudyard Kipling named Milford Sound the Eighth Wonder of the World. Fiordland has captivated hearts for years with its outstanding natural beauty, pristine waters, majestic lands, and sparkling dark skies - a place worth protecting. 

Once a chorus of native birds, the introduction of various pests impacted wildlife across Aotearoa. Long believed to be extinct, the takahē and kākāpō were rediscovered in Fiordland, leading the way for their recovery. Perhaps you will be the one to rediscover the South Island Kokako. Keep your ears open for its unique and haunting call, prove its existence, and claim the bounty that awaits the successful finder. 

Initially released for game in 1910, the mighty moose soon found themselves outnumbered by the introduction of red deer that competed for the same food. The infamous "deer wars" of the 1970s, involving helicopters, resulted in a thriving Fiordland venison industry and the regeneration of native forest and flora. While not photographed since 1952, some believe the elusive moose still exists in the park, so keep your eyes open and your camera ready. 

Sunlight through the trees, Fiordland
Graham Dainty

Weather & Seasons

No matter the season, Southland is a region that offers visitors a unique experience full of natural beauty and outdoor adventures. So pack your bags and get ready to explore this stunning part of New Zealand's South Island.

5 simple rules to help you stay stafe:Kepler Track

1. Choose the right trip for you
Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills to do it.

2. Understand the weather
It can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.

3. Pack warm clothes and extra food
Prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.

4. Share your plans and take ways to get help
Telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.
Leave a date and time to raise the alarm if you haven't returned.
Send it to a trusted person directly or via the Plan My Walk App.

5. Take care of yourself and each other
Eat drink and rest, stick with your group and make decisions together.

Always remember to ensure shuttle, water taxi or helicopter transfers are prebooked and be on time.


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