Explore the most popular Parks 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
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 days 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.
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hiking
rocky
scramble
10 days 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.

11 days ago

Cool chasm, very short hike, if you get here at the wrong time it’ll be full of busloads of people because it is on a boardwalk and easily accessible by anyone. This is not a hike it’s a very short walk!

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Where else can you walk 15 minutes and try out a walk wire. Pretty cool & had the place to ourselves.

hiking
rocky
scramble
16 days 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.

Very pleasant track. It's 22 km from Iris Burn to Rainbow Reach car park, and it's doable in one day. Or you can stay at the Moturau hut. But it's just 6km from the hut to the first parking lot (Rainbow Reach).
You go through various green areas: forest, wetlands. Very nice surroundings.

Need to know what you are doing - otherwise it can be dangerous if you don’t. Never go if it’s slightly wet or frozen - as you are very exposed and scrambling.
We went on a perfect autumn day and set off early. Managed to get up to the saddle in 1 hour 50 minutes (excluding break).
HIGHLY recommended to all experienced hikers.
One of my favourite day hikes in NZ!

backpacking
muddy
18 days ago

Luxmore hut is amazing.

21 days ago

11 hours return from Te Anau to Luxmore's Summit (1 hour stop). Really beautiful at the top! Long but not difficult, first part of the trail mostly plain (2 hours), then you start going up. Trail in very good conditions.

backpacking
21 days ago

The best views are Luxmore hut to Iris Burn.

hiking
24 days ago

An apparently mandatory stop for anyone, or any tour bus, driving to or from Milford Sound. So, it's easy to be cynical, but as it turns out, the Chasm is pretty cool. We were given 20 minutes for the stroll, but some of the tours must give people much less, because some poor souls were virtually running along the route. The instructions from our driver were to "Try not to fall in to, or drop anything, into the Chasm". Excellent advice.

Very steep and treacherous but the views at the top are amazing! Do not do in bad weather though.

Short steep hike up from the Borland Saddle on a well marked trail that is steep and potentially wet/slippery in places. More information at https://www.doc.govt.nz/mt-burns-tarns-track. The start of the trail is well-marked as Mount Burns Tops. Starts in the trees, but most of the time you are in high grass. A bit boggy at the top. I enjoyed it, but it's a long drive up a slightly stressful gravel road, so you would want to do more than just this once up on the saddle. I had a very nice talk with a local farmer while waiting for maybe a million of his sheep to clear the road while changing grazing areas. Consider this when budgeting time for the drive.

hiking
29 days ago

This is a relatively flat stroll through a beautiful green, mossy forest setting, mostly alongside a river and some smaller creeks (if that is what they are called in New Zealand). There is a suspension bridge at the start and lots of colorful mushrooms along the trail. This is a portion of a network of trails off of Borland Rd. I started at the carpark across from Borland Lodge. This is also the starting point of a short nature loop. I went about 3 miles to the intersection with another trail. If I had gone just a bit further I would have reached the Rock Bivvy, and if you go much further I believe that you will reach a hiker's hut. There was one bridge that was washed out along the way, but I was able to get across the water anyway.

An easy stroll. It's beautiful wherever you look. No sandflies at all when it is raining, and the rain amps up the waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, bit of road walking but very quiet. Bumped into very few people

Epic AF!! Scrambled up in about an hour and forty minutes. Just in time to catch the view before it got too cloudy. The hike alone would have been worth it though. Lots of rock scrambling which is my jam. Was still really beautiful but would have loved more time with the view. Definitely recommend on a clear day.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a great hike, and very doable for a day trip on Stewart Island. It took me 7.5 hours to finish. Some beautiful views and a variated walk through forest, beach and coast line. Definately worth the effort.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

I won’t say one of the best in NZ,it’s the best.and reach to the top to taste the glaciers is such a wonderful experience.But strongly recommend do it in a sunny day,don’t try to go to the top glaciers in a bad weather.the rock will be very slippery.

very beautifull hike, even for not so much experts! but a good weather is really necessary. half part of the hike is walking on big rocks where you can be afraid and fall if it s to much wet or rainy! i recommande this hike !!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Die it in 3 days. First and last day was ok, lot of forest. Track between luxmore and Iris burn is awesome!

Incredible setting for an easy hike. We took a picnic. Sand flies weren’t bad.

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike for a cool gorge.

on Kepler Track

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike up to mount luxamore and just stayed overnight in the luxamore hut for the night. The walk isn’t too tough with the first 5km nice and flat and the then goes up hill but it shaded most of the way but not too tough. The view at the top is amazing and just gets better and better as you keep going up (best bit after luxamore hut). Possible to do mount luxamore in a day if you head of early and fit. Also if you are quite fit and wanting to do whole track I don’t 4 days is need 3 is plenty also making it a bit cheaper as the huts are $130 per person per night and must book before in summer period.

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