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Elizabeth Cotter reviewed Thunder Creek Waterfall
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Noice

Cameron Birchall reviewed Tutoko Valley River Trail
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great moss covered landscape to begin but very little diversity so quickly becomes less interesting. very wet/ boggy. we eventually reached a swamp and it wasn't clear how to continue so we turned around. took around 3 hours

Joseph Pallante reviewed Kepler Track
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Hiking

This was an excellent hike. The sun was out and the sky was clear blue. This time on the track I was determined to make it to Brod Bay. Hiking along the trail in the shade of the palm and beech canopy was cooling, but I was drawn to the beach and spent most of the time walking along the coast, off the beaten path. I spotted deer tracks in the sand and it was interesting to see patches of moss and a whole other islands of micro worlds existing on large rocks. The round-trip provided diverse scenery and it was nice to finally reach the campsite and lay in the sand and not think of anything.

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EmilyJane Maclachlan reviewed Blue Pools (Haast Pass) Track
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Hiking

Beautiful short 30min walk through the bush to the swing bridge overlooking the river. Went on a cloudy, rainy day and was still people around. Would recommend visiting in the summer to swim in the turquoise water.

Luke Cannon reviewed Kepler Track
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Backpacking

Did back in February. Amazing tramp, trekked it during the floods and severe weather warning, bucketed with rain but felt like truly experiencing nature and at its mercy. "There's no such thing as bad weather, just wrong gear choices." Beautiful walk, amazing experience, highly recommend.

Arnaud VILASECA reviewed Kepler Track
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Hiking

Done in 2 days skipping the last boring bit. amazing views on the top of the mountains, mind blowing views :)

annie finneran reviewed Lake Hauroko Track
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Hiking

Great hike! Decent fitness can get to top in less than an hour. Very fun to crawl up the roots and view is beautiful. Slippery coming down and make sure to follow the orange triangles.

isaac patterson reviewed Kepler Track
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No shade

amazing trail

Joseph Pallante reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Hiking

Although I have yet to complete the hike up to the hut, I have spent many days and hours ambling through this track up to Brod Bay. The beginning of the track is flat and to the right, you can see Lake Te Anau and the stoney beach. I'm amazed at how radically different the forest is compared to the beachfront. One second you're shrouded in forest and the next you're exposed and standing on a wind-whipped stoney beach. Further along, you encounter heaps of small waist-high crown ferns as far as the eye can see. Mixed in are beech trees, rimus, and larger palms that blanket the sky. During the winter months, I've been thankful for the canopy coverage from the rain. One time I had to take cover at Dock Bay and happened upon a black Weka which was a pleasant surprise! It's a peaceful feeling as you go along further as the track eventually become surrounded fields of green moss which blanket the forest floor. Tons of hypholoma australianum grow red and orange, some big enough to look like small pancakes sitting on a bed of green fluffy moss. Lots of orange pagoda fungus and coral fungus line the track as well. I even found a rare unidentified Sarcodon species. If your end goal is to reach the hut then so be it, but just meandering around the forest and taking some of the side tracks to just sit and forest bathe in the greenery is meditative af. I'd give this track a high rating given the diversity and change that occurs in such a short distance.

Peter Trans reviewed Manapouri Circle Track
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Fee

costed us 25 NZdollars per Person (because of the wintertime). hike is alright and has beautiful views but not worth the 25 dollar (nothing special) - for that price I would pick another hike.

Peter Trans reviewed Lake Hauroko Track
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Hiking

Great hike, a bit muddy lots of roots on the track. But the beautiful view from the top makes it absolutely worth it. of the best views I have seen in NZ

Donna Knight reviewed Thunder Creek Waterfall
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definitely worth stopping for, a lovely flat 3min walk with an amazing view of a waterfall at the end

LO FI reviewed Kepler Track
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Backpacking

awesome! we did it the other way around (clockwise) and we think this way is better, so we saved the best views for day 3 and had the more flat parts through the forest in the beginning. we had the best possible weather but it can get muddy. luxmore hut was pretty crowded. luxmore peak and the luxmore caves are pretty awesome too!

Melissa W. reviewed Mount Burns Tarns Track
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning short walk/hike. Steep little track but well worth the effort. Borland Road is a attraction in itself. One of our Favorite days in Fiordland. Wow, what a spot!

Simon Des reviewed Kepler Track
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HikingRocky
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HikingBugs

Wow! What an amazing mind battle trail. If you are in the area, you must do this trail. Filled full of up and down hill battles but filled full of incredible views!

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Jet Opbroek reviewed Manapouri Circle Track
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful forest hike with awesome views on the highest point. Recommend to walk clockwise as you finish alongside the lakeshore.

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Callum De raad reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Hiking

Pretty disgusted with the price of the hut fees here. I am hiking all of my equipment needed for a nights sleep (besides a bed) and as a international I am expected to pay $130 dollars each with my partner for one night. $260... I do find this rather on the racist side, kiwis are graced with $60 per night fee, which in my eyes is still eyewatering for what you get. I understand these huts need to be maintained but DOC you are taking the piss mate

Kirsty J reviewed Milford Foreshore Walk
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Hiking

Lovely little walk while waiting to hop on a cruise to explore the Fiordland. Definitely really easy and some beautiful views from the opposite side.

Jack Beaumont reviewed Lake Hauroko Track
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HikingMuddyOver grown
First to Review

Amazing view of NZ deepest lake. A nice track but narrow and technical some parts have severe erosion and you have to climb a little. There are many loose tree roots as well so be carful with footing. But all round worthy the view. If there has been a lot of rain this track will be extremely muddy and slippery.

Melissa Mason reviewed Kepler Track
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Hiking

Loved this track. Climb to Luxmore Hut was wet, cold and windy with low visibility between the tree line and the hut. Day 2 - it snowed on the summit of Mt Luxmore. Amazing. The walk along the ridge line was my favourite part. The clouds cleared and the weather was great. Can highly recommend this hike.

Nick Mcilroy reviewed Otatara Scenic Reserve Loop
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Hiking

amazing bird life

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Walking

Easy walk, but you are not here for hiking. You go there to jump of the second bridge. 7 meters. Diving into the ice cold crystal clear water! Do it!

Chris VanHorn reviewed Ulva Island Walking Track
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Hiking
First to Review

Very easy trail to walk. We hopped on a water taxi from the pier. It was $25 per person return. The boat ride takes about 10 minutes. The trail map says you can walk it in 1.5 hours, but I assume that is if you don't want to look at anything. Give yourself at least 3 hours here. There are loads of birds around and several beach walks to enjoy.

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Chris VanHorn reviewed Rakiura Track
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HikingMuddy

Excellent! It was a great introduction to the Great Walks of New Zealand. The second day is where you will encounter lots of mud. I highly suggest trekking poles to help navigate the mud. If you poke around there are plenty of hard objects to step on that you can't see that well. We had hiking shoes (low tops) and gaiters on and did not get any mud in our shoes and probably did not step in anything more than a few centimeters deep. North Arm is your most likely place to see a Kiwi. We heard them call about an hour after sun down to start foraging for the night, but unfortunately we did not actually see them. There are at least two pairs living close by.

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Ying Yang reviewed Rakiura Track
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Sarah Wenninger reviewed Kepler Track Day 1: Luxmore Hut
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Hiking

Sehr schattig

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Reuben Bright reviewed Otatara Scenic Reserve Loop
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Beautiful Track

Dor Hirsch reviewed Boundary Creek Track
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Hiking
First to Review

great track, intermediate climb and comfortable path takes you to a fine viewpoint of northern Wanaka lake and the delta of Makarora river. the track starts at Boundary Creek campsite at the other side of the road, then it starts to climb to the hawea conservation area and gives you a great views in the way.

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