Explore the most popular Lake trails near Glenorchy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

First hike my bride and I did on our honeymoon. If kias could speak we’d be in trouble! We did it in December and had some snow patches to deal with. We had no real gear other than trecking poles and guts, but we made it, despite a ranger turning back because they didn’t have an ice axe. The views at the top were everything! Our favorite honeymoon hike. If we have a kid we’ve agreed to name it Gertrude, regardless of its sex.

favourite hike in NZ so far. nice trail along the valley then rises up over the pass.

Second part of the Classic hike. Best birthday present to myself.

Day 3 was my 21st birthday and I climbed MacKinnon Pass. Best day. Majestic mountains that show the best of Mother Nature in all her beauty.

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bridge out
1 month ago

Stunning hike! Weather had taken out the first part of the track (divide end) so took a small access track instead. Did it with the wife and kids, so this access track isn’t as difficult as the DOC site makes it out to be.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike just moved past several gems in my completed list as a favorite hike. I really lucked out with weather. No rain, though the trail was wet and middle and many spots at the top especially. All manageable but difficult and I understand why this hike gets difficulty rating of hard: it can get steep, requires some climbing up steep rocks that require handling tree roots for stability. Extremely fun hike though. WATCH YOUR STEP, it’s easy to twist and ankle or a knee if you don’t give each step your undivided attention. As for the lake views, just wow. Had some low clouds and the lake stayed calm enough for mirror reflections. One of my favorite hikes all time. Oh and I forgot to mention, there are several waterfalls in the beginning!!

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1 month ago

We went in March with Ultimate Hikes. The weather was perfect. The whole hike was unbelievable in its beauty between rainforest, mountains and the rivers. Getting to drink water the super clean water from the rivers was great. Day 3 is very tough.

hiking
2 months ago

The pain and tiredness were all worth it as the views were stunning! the huts and other facilities were amazing.

backpacking
2 months ago

Wonderful trail with different landscape. I stayed in Mackenzie Hut which was really nice. The trail is quite easy but climbs a little bit to go over the pass. I did the Caples and not the greenstone. Really nice hut in the valley. Very quiet compared to the Routeburn track.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Amazing views at the top. The path is well marked and equipped so it's not too hard to go through the steep parts. However, do not attempt it on a rainy day ! The rocks are incredibly sleepery when wet. You will need some warm clothes to keep you warm up there and be careful if you have bad knees/anckles as you walk on loose rocks most of the time.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Gertrude Saddle has gotten extremely popular in the last few years - and for good reason. It's a fun hike with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The hike is about 8.6 miles out and back and took me 5.5 hours with an overnight backpack and sprained ankle. The beginning of the hike is through some trees, but the remainder follows a river/river bed until a short scramble and then a boulder field before reaching the saddle. The trail is fairly well marked, though I did get briefly lost coming out of the trees on the way back. I'd recommend downloading the AllTrails map just in case. The beginning of the hike is basically walking over loose rocks, so if you have a bad ankle like I do, be careful! The scramble section has cables, so it's fairly easy even if you aren't comfortable on rocks. The boulder field is well marked with cairns and markers and if you follow them, it's not bad. While Gertrude Saddle is very safe on a dry day, people have died when the weather has been bad. Numerous signs along the trail warn hikers of the danger. Do not attempt Gertrude if it has been raining! We were the only campers the night we stayed at Gertrude Saddle. It was peaceful, but very windy and cold! Be prepared if you plan to camp. @christinexploring Www.christinexploring.com

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

The first part of the track through the waterfall is very open, easy, and well-kept. After that it gets a lot steeper and rockier, earning the “Hard” difficultly. The lake is absolutely gorgeous!! I recommend going earlier in the day rather than later so the sun hits the mountain in the background just the right way.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Amazing hike. Definitely do NOT attempt if wet: there are lots of steep slick rocks. After the valley it gets very steep very fast, but definitely doable in good weather. Make sure you pay attention to the trail markers!! Once you reach the top there are a few different lookout points, all of which have beautiful views of the fjords.

hiking
3 months ago

An outstanding tramp. Wonderful views, great facilities. Highly recommend this.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Tough hike, especially when heading back down. You’ll have to watch your step as loose stones are everywhere. Phenomenal view at the top.

Absolutely the best hike I've ever done. So lucky to have clear skies on the mountain on day two, with epic views of snow-covered mountains surrounding me. I did the Shelter - Divide route, but there was a slip between Howden Hut and the Divide so I took the Pass Creek alternate, and it actually worked out wonderfully. Pass Creek is rocky, muddy and a bit "back country" which was a nice change from the well maintained paths of the main route. Try to start your assent to Conical Hill before dawn so you can watch the sun rise. The variety of terrain, vegetation and surrounds makes this hike absolutely brilliant. This hike was HEAVEN and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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