Looking for a great trail in Fiordland National Park, Southland? AllTrails has 35 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in Fiordland National Park ranging from 0.9 to 37.7 miles and from 360 to 4,881 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Day 3 was my 21st birthday and I climbed MacKinnon Pass. Best day. Majestic mountains that show the best of Mother Nature in all her beauty.

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23 days ago

This hike just moved past several gems in my completed list as a favorite hike. I really lucked out with weather. No rain, though the trail was wet and middle and many spots at the top especially. All manageable but difficult and I understand why this hike gets difficulty rating of hard: it can get steep, requires some climbing up steep rocks that require handling tree roots for stability. Extremely fun hike though. WATCH YOUR STEP, it’s easy to twist and ankle or a knee if you don’t give each step your undivided attention. As for the lake views, just wow. Had some low clouds and the lake stayed calm enough for mirror reflections. One of my favorite hikes all time. Oh and I forgot to mention, there are several waterfalls in the beginning!!

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26 days ago

We went in March with Ultimate Hikes. The weather was perfect. The whole hike was unbelievable in its beauty between rainforest, mountains and the rivers. Getting to drink water the super clean water from the rivers was great. Day 3 is very tough.

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

Well maintained track with awesome views at the summit. However, the tranquility was spoiled by the number of people on this trail. Would not recommend this hike for those looking for solitude and peacefulness. So glad that I took lots of pictures, because I will not do this trail again.

hiking
28 days 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.

Awesome hike but it was pretty cold when we went. Others are pretty accurate in saying it’s a 1.5 hours slow climb but the incline is gradual enough to say it’s an easy climb up. If you go up during colder seasons like we did (we got there at first light at -1 degrees Celsius) make sure to wear wind resistant or thick clothing as the wind pierces pretty easily and some of the paths were very iced over after all the rain.

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1 month ago

The pain and tiredness were all worth it as the views were stunning! the huts and other facilities were amazing.

1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

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bridge out
1 month ago

Very nice trail! Lots of vegetation and mushrooms! I went on a rainy day and the trees offer pretty good cover. There were some big puddles on the trail, but nothing that can't be walked around. There was a tree down that has a marker on it, pretty easy to find the trail around it. There was also a bridge out, you can backtrack a little and use a log to get across the water instead. Bear in mind that you have to get through some brush to get back to the trail afterwards. I opted to turn back instead. I had a very leisurely 2 hr hike out to the defunct bridge and back including the nature loop at the start.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Amazing views at the top. The path is well marked and equipped so it's not too hard to go through the steep parts. However, do not attempt it on a rainy day ! The rocks are incredibly sleepery when wet. You will need some warm clothes to keep you warm up there and be careful if you have bad knees/anckles as you walk on loose rocks most of the time.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

loved it. busy. but so worth it.

Nice relaxed hike. First part is in the forest and then its opened and no shade. About 1.5hrs max one way in slow pace. If you know a well kept secret this hike can continue from Marian lake viewpoint for another 2kms to a stunning viewpoint...

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no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month 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. @christinexploring Www.christinexploring.com

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

The first part of the track through the waterfall is very open, easy, and well-kept. After that it gets a lot steeper and rockier, earning the “Hard” difficultly. The lake is absolutely gorgeous!! I recommend going earlier in the day rather than later so the sun hits the mountain in the background just the right way.

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rocky
scramble
2 months 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.

2 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!

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muddy
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

An outstanding tramp. Wonderful views, great facilities. Highly recommend this.

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rocky
scramble
2 months 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!

Luxmore hut is amazing.

2 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.

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