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

One of the most challenging but fun hikes I’ve ever done!! 110% recommend taking your partner and seeing how long you can last

hiking
15 days ago

I did this track in one day !
the first part is lovely.
After that was snowing so WE couldn't see much

Anyway it's a really nice track to do, but you should do it during the great season (Oct/Apr).

28 days ago

Did this track in Feb 2016 and bloody loved it. I choose to do it in three days but in hindsight would next time take the four days.

when it says this track is used heavily it sure is popular which makes booking essential but the beauty is you are on it with 40 or less people at a time.

I walked solo and had no-one near me through the day, but if you want company you can easily have it.

I based in TE Anau and drove up into MIlford sound two days before to have a good look around. Glad I did as I got in on the last day and it was getting dark.

This walk is beautiful and so is getting to and out of it. You won't ever regret it.

The track is safe and easy so you can Definatly do it solo and don't need to be guided.

The huts are second to none and are equipped with bed mats, gas for cooking, heating and water for washing up.

I have walked the Track twice with Ultimate Hikes Guided Walks and still rate it one of the best Walks I have ever done.
I shared the experience with friends on both occasions and we had good weather that included snow on the Mackinnon Pass on the 2nd occasion
Both my trips were in November and the only downside was the Sandflies that pestered you (take bushmans deet if you can cope with it )
The track can be very wet and dangerous if you are on your own so I can heartily recommend the Ultimate Hikes Guided Walk for the ultimate in 5 star hiking!!!

Good trail, very varied scenery. The huts along the way are commercially operated so the lodge managers are not DOC staff and many have never walked the trails.

5 months ago

Only wish we had time to do whole track

Leila walk the Whole way to summit

The falls are very nice, but the view is only partial and from a distance

Nice small trek with a perfect view from the top ! The lac Marian is awesome from there

backpacking
7 months ago

I loved the hike along the top (once I got there!) along the ridge. Beautiful views...you feel like you’re on top of the world. Side hikes to the cave and waterfall are a must!

backpacking
7 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike! Time spent with people from all over the world in the huts was great. Would do this again and encourage you to try it! Beautiful!!!

walking
8 months ago

Enjoy changing perspectives of Milford Sound as you follow the foreshore path.

i did it under snow and low clouds but it was still magical to be above the bushline

Perhaps my favorite Great Walk.

Great tramp! Unfortunately couldn't reach the very end as of spring snow and lack of equipment.

hiking
10 months ago

Well, if you want a challenging hike, you found it here! Due to the climate of this region, expect this trail to be very wet - several mud bogs to cross over, plus slippery roots and four creek crossings (with slippery rocks). You can see some amazing flora and fauna here, particularly birdlife. Give yourself plenty of time: the sign posted at the trailhead is full of lies (2 hours one way is optimistic). As much as it was a challenge, it was one of the most memorable hikes I've done. Bring spare socks to stay dry!

Beautiful! when you get to the top it will most likely be misted over, but still very cool. Def bring a rain coat and lots of deet.

hiking
11 months ago

Good! But don't go during the off season. Avalanches prevented us from crossing the pass and eventually had to get choppered out. Pack extra wet gear because it rains a lot. Beautiful scenery and a very fun experience.

hiking
11 months ago

The Milford Track is famous for a reason. You make appointments with the two huts along the way and then schedule your pickup at the end through Milford Sound. It will rain. Maybe every day. We lucked out and it only rained the third day, so we blasted out the 12 or so miles soaking wet but it was flat. We were rewarded with a foggy Milford Sound surrounded by hundreds of waterfalls. The rest of the track is as beautiful as you can imagine, the waters crystal clear, the trails immaculate, and the staff friendly. You will probably meet some very interesting and friendly people along the trail from all over the world. Once in a lifetime hike. Also, someone WILL snore in your hut.

Pick the best weather day and get up there! It offers completely stunning 360 deg views and lovely green healthy vegetation the whole way up.

I hiked this trek on a cloudy, rainy day in late-January. The Milford Sound area had seen only one sunny day in two months, so I wasn't alone in my wet experience. The path is mostly a steady ascent of switchbacks amongst lush green, with a couple waterfalls near the base, and ending at a guided nature walk. There's a sign at the summit with a photo of the surrounding view, which gave me a glimpse at what I could have been seeing behind the clouds. Looks amazing; wish I could have seen it live! Nice trek, but do know that you'll be disappointed in a (lack of) vista reward if the weather isn't in your favor.

hiking
11 months ago

Milford Track affords stunning views from the top of the pass, Southland Falls are well worth the walk in from the main track. Note this app shows the start at Milford Sound, the walk actually starts from Te Anua Lake. The first lodge is Glad House. You can walk this with an organised hike so you only carry your personal effects. Enjoy!

Loved this hike when we did it about three years ago in the spring. There are two lakes at the top that perfectly reflected the snow-capped peaks around Key Summit.

Best hike I've ever done.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One of the best hikes I have ever done...and I have done hundreds of hikes. Cascading waterfalls, steep peaks, a couple small stream crossings, this hike has it all. Here is my full story on this fantastic route!
http://www.theworldhiker.com/2017/01/new-zealands-perfect-hike/

backpacking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wow kepler, probably deserves an ode but a mere review will have to suffice. Spectacular scenery from lakeside to fern filled forests and gnarly trees growing sideways out of the hillside to sweeping views of valleys and lakes with clouds rolling in and out like the tide. With good weather the views cannot be beat. The sleeping huts make your pack lighter. This trek is a must do!

Monday, February 13, 2017

1st day : 1000m up ↗️ pretty hard, Luxmore hut has an amazing view

walking
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Milford Sound is magical. Give yourself plenty of time to take in the sights.

on Kepler Track

hiking
10 days ago

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