Explore the most popular Wildlife 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!

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!

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.

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
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.

hiking
5 months ago

It was truly amazing. I dit it in two days in clockwise. First day only jungle. You follow a river and then a lake. But the second day was wonderful. During three hours you follow the mountains ridge with scenic views. One of the great hike I have done

5 months ago

amazing view of the mountains and lakes.

on Kepler Track

hiking
5 months 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
5 months ago

Great short stop. Worth it.

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

hiking
6 months ago

Outstanding alpine level hike with amazing mountain and lake scenery!

trail running
7 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
7 months ago

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

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