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

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome experience!

One of the shortest and most beautiful hike we could do in New Zealand !! The panorama is beautiful !!

hiking
2 months ago

If there are tours busses in the parking lot chill in the car until the leave, it will be much more pleasant of a walk without a bus full of people pushing you into the railing for a photo.

A must do.

2 months ago

This is the hardest Great Walk I have done so far. The second day was punishing on my knees but the views were awesome so it was totally worth it. The Luxmore hut is spacious but the Iris Burn is very overcrowded and should have been cheaper. We walked in late April before the track closed and had amazing weather so didn't need all our layers.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of forest, stunning views between Luxmore and Iris Burn. You definitely don't want fog for this part ! Did it in 3 days starting on May, 1st. We had a little bit of snow on the ridge and on mount Luxmore summit. Path is really easy.

3 months 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!

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.

Luxmore hut is amazing.

3 months 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
3 months ago

The best views are Luxmore hut to Iris Burn.

hiking
3 months 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.

Short steep hike up from the Borland Saddle on a well marked trail that is steep and potentially wet/slippery in places. I fell once, but I am clumsy. 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.

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

This is a very nice stroll along the shoreline of Lake Te Anau. It ends at the starting point for the Keppler Track. The entire setting is peaceful, serene and beautiful. Things can be a bit hectic at the Fjordland Visitor Centre, but the folks are helpful.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Great easy hike for a cool gorge.

on Kepler Track

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail!! Wanted to do it but couldn’t get a hut, so three of us packed our tent and did the campsites. Definitely recommend going Brod Bay to Luxmore, as going Counter clockwise is a bit more gradual of an incline (still steep!). Once you get up, you stay high and it’s a stunning traverse over some great ridges. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. The sand fly’s can be gnarly so bring bug spray! Easy to do in two nights.

As a one-day hike, great for those who want to discover the Kepler. 1 hour and a bit to go to brod bay, then with good fitness and good weather the distance to Luxmore hut can be divided by 2. Which makes it more a 2 to 3 hour climb to the hut (I did it in 2). The way up through the bush can be a bit boring but that is what it takes and the vegetation remains interesting. Once at the hut I really recommend keeping climbing up to Mount Luxmore. It is another hour / hour and a half but the 360 degrees view up there is wonderful ! In the end it is a good +-32 km track. If you are scared of the distances don't forget that you can take the boat from Te anau to Brod bay campsite, which will save you around 10 k (but will cost you). Another option is to stay overnight camping at Brod bay (before the start of the track or at the end). In good weather, the place is lovely. You can swim in the lake and watch the sunset/sunrise on Lake Te Anau.

5 months ago

Absolutly beautiful hike, beautiful views at the top and along ridgeline and gorgeous scenery through the forest. Were lucky with the weather the whole time, so were able to have a nice refreshing swim in lake manpouri end day 3. we took our time and did 4 days :) absolutly loved it.

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