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Walking & Hiking in Fiordland

Fiordland earned its reputation as the 'walking capital of the world', with the many excellent walking tracks that traverse its dramatic landscape.Coach and boat transfers access the major tracks, including the Great Walks: The Milford Track, Routeburn Track and Kepler Track.

Fiordland National Park is a mountainous area, and can experience rapid changes in weather. It is important to always be prepared with appropriate clothing and equipment, and to check forecasts before you leave. Choose a trip that suits your abilities, knowledge and experience. Be realistic - if you are not an experienced outdoors person, it is recommended you book a guided walk. 

Always contact the Department of Conservation visitor centre before you leave, for more information on the tracks, weather and conditions and various guided walk options. 

Short Walks
Te Anau, Manapouri and Milford Road have numerous short walks - from 30 minutes to half or full day excursions, all offering different attractions and scenery. The Milford Road has a range of short walks offering spectacular views and native bush, including: Lake Gunn Nature Walk (45 mins), Key Summit (3 hours return), and Lake Marian (3 hours). 

Other short walks include: Dock Bay Lake Te Anau, Te Anau Wildlife Centre, Te Anau township to Te Anau Control Gats, Ivon Wilson Park, Te Anau Boat Harbour to the Upekeroa River, Te Anau Lakefront, Frasers Beach to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri Circle Track, and walks at Lake Hauroko, Monowai and Borland Lodge. 

Information on these and other short walks can be obtained at the Department of Conservation visitor centre, or on their website. 

Major Walking Tracks
There are many multi-day walking opportunities within Fiordland National Park. For more information in regard to walks such as Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Kepler Track, Hollyford Track and Tuatapere Hump Ridge, visit the Department of Conservation website. From late October to the end of April, bookings are essential to guarantee hut accommodation on the Great Walks by emailing

Please feel free to contact the friendly team at Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas for more information and bookings.

Milford Track
Considered to be one of the best walking experiences in the world, the Milford Track is a beautiful four day walk.

You don’t need to be a Himalayan mountain yak to enjoy the Milford track. Guided walks are available, tailored to suit most ages and fitness levels. Options extend from independent free walking, right up to fully catered trips where your personal belongings are relocated by helicopter to your next night’s accommodation for you. Either way, numbers are limited to access the tracks so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Hint: If your time is limited then you could always opt for a Milford Track day walk instead. 

Hollyford Track
For the more seasoned tramper the Hollyford Track follows the Hollyford Valley past lakes and mountain views to the Tasman Sea where hikers are often greeted by seals and penguins.

The Hollyford route is an eight day return trip (four days to Martins Bay and then four days back again).

Alternatively you can arrange a float plane pick up from Martins Bay or short cut the return trip with an exhilarating jet boat ride back up the river. 

Contact our experienced team at Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villa’s, who can arrange walking and hiking trips for you and your family.

Walking and Hiking Operators:

- Department of Conservation 
- Ultimate Hikes - Milford and Routeburn Guided Walks
- Real Journeys - Milford Track Day Walk
- Fiordland Nature Observations - guided day walks
- Fiordland with Trips and Tramps - off the beaten track
- Hollyford Track guided walk
- Bev's Tramping Gear

Transport Operators:
- Tracknet
- Kepler Water Taxi
- Kiwi Discovery Track Transport
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