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

hiking
2 days ago

What better place to hike in a rainy day than in a rain forest?!? We couldn’t-get to the long fall, as it was too sloppy, but enjoyed the hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike!! Have always dreamt of doing this and loved every minute of it. What an experience. Hard when it rains heavily and your walking all day in wet boots but soooo worth it. Truly a great walk!!!!

A bit less impresdive than the Routeburn. I you enjoy walking through rainforests this is for you. One fairly fairly flat day aling a river then a long climb up and down from Macinnon pass then a flat day out. Waterfalls are stunning

amazing view of the mountains and lakes.

A beautiful hike that starts through lash nature, forest and high grew Reed grass. After the first flat section it leads over to Rocky, steep and stoney path. It is a hike for experienced hikers, due to the Rocky path and steepness.
It takes 2 hours to go to the top for experienced hikers and up to 4 hours for avarage hikers. Also going down is tricky with all the rocks... Although, it is a beautiful hike. Worth every energy cell!!!

on Kepler Track

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome Trail awesome views towards Manapouri not sure about Te Anau because we only had 20-60 meatres of visability from car park till hanging valley shelter! My Brother (9) coped perfectly fine infact better than the rest of us! Awesome wild life on second day. Did it in 3 days.

hiking
no shade
rocky
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Great short stop. Worth it.

Excellent trail. You can go te the mount Luxmore it’s beautiful and challenging, (9 hours).

hiking
over grown
scramble
29 days ago

The trail is easy first half up, some over grown areas with grass that you need to wade through. Once you’re passed that then you have to cross a lot of loose gravel to get to the steep incline up. The trail isn’t well marked, looks like a few poles have fallen over but people have stacked some rocks so you can find your way. All worth the beautiful lake and view of the sound and ocean in the end!!

1 month ago

Great walk

hiking
1 month ago

Outstanding and one of the greatest walks. One for the bucket list!

hiking
1 month ago

Outstanding alpine level hike with amazing mountain and lake scenery!

Possibly the best day hike I have ever done. Beautiful waterfalls and Alpine Lakes all along the Trail and then a truly epic view of the Canyon and Milford sound at the top. highly recommend to anyone. A word of warning, there are sections that have Cables bolted into the rock face to help with the climb. The rock could become very slippery when wet. would not attempt this hike in heavy rain.

trail running
2 months ago

did it in 1 day. 62km in 10h45 ... counterclockwise of course ... water is clean at the 3 huts along the way so pack light on water if you want to enjoy your run ... started at 6h15am ... covered and rainy for half the run ... nice views at the top and nice tropical forest for the second half! if i would to do it again i would run it half way counterclockwise and come back the same way. start at the parking lot directly!!

hiking
2 months ago

Scenic highlight worth the brief stop. Gushing waterfalls worth the short walk.

2 months ago

excellent

brilliant

2 months ago

I did it in one day, if you enjoy the view for a bit and want a challenge then do it. Total: 11 hours, 45km, finished at rainbow reach

Awesome hike - beautiful hiking trail - well maintained

walking
3 months ago

Super easy and short walk we did on the way to our cruise through Milford Sound. Compared to what we saw on the boat these views are barely much, but still beautiful to see nonetheless.

Great little warmup track to run or walk

walking
3 months ago

Truly amazing thing to see. Water is amazing!! Very short & easy walk. Worth a stop.

hiking
3 months ago

Very fortunate in that we only had one day of rail, the last day. Well maintained trail and huts. I’m looking forward to other tracks on my next visit. Thank you New Zealand for a great vacation.

backpacking
3 months ago

Done in 2 days instead of the 3 I had planned. The 1rst day was windy but amazing with stunning views on the lake and mountains, the 2nd day was a long but nice bush walk.

backpacking
4 months ago

Saw a giant kiwi

One of the harder Great Walks in my opinion, although the age recommendation is ten my brother was seven when he did it. He survived, but it took a toll on him. If you are afraid of heights I wouldn't recommend this because during most of the second day, if you trip, you will go rolling down the cliff.

hiking
5 months ago

This is an incredibly beautiful medium length day hike that feautures some stunning views of the highest mountains in Fiordland National Park. This trail follows a beautiful river that is surrounded by lush serene rainforest. The panoramic views of the esperance valley and glacier capped peaks/waterfalls are stunning (especially if its raining). There are some tough terrain sections that require some moderate climbing. Do NOT attempt this trail solo if its raining unless you are a highly experienced trekker because it is barely used when it rains. The rocks on the trail are extremely slippery, If you slip and get hurt without a beacon you might not be found. I didnt see a single person on this track. Another con is this trail gets extremely muddy and bogged down in some portions due the constant rains. Totally worth it if you come prepared with appropriate waterproof shoes and hiking apparel.

5 months ago

Spectacular views

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