Walking & Hiking
Known to New Zealanders as ‘tramping’, the endless hiking and walking opportunities within Fiordland National Park can be explored independently or as part of a guided group.
Fiordland has an excellent network of walking tracks within the National Park giving this area a reputation as the Walking Capital of the World. Amongst these are the ‘Great Walks’ the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks. Te Anau makes a great start and end point for these trips. Walkers can stock up on provisions and check the weather and track conditions before leaving.
In addition to these multi-day tracks there are a range of short walks on diverse terrain, providing walking opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. These walks enable access to the rainforest, lake and alpine vistas for those with limited time or fitness.
Fiordland weather is notoriously unpredictable and walkers should be prepared for rapid changes in conditions including cold temperatures, strong winds and heavy rain at any time of year. It is essential to carry warm and waterproof clothing (even on a day trip), and sunscreen.