There are more than 600 kilometres of tracks for visitors to explore in Fiordland, earning the area its title as the 'Walking Capital of the World'. Four of New Zealand’s ten Great Walks are in Fiordland - the renowned Milford Track, Kepler Track, Hump Ridge Track and Routeburn Track.
The Milford Track is arguably New Zealand’s most famous walk. Starting in Te Anau, the track is over 53 kilometres of breathtaking scenery covering mountains, valleys, lakes and of course Sutherland Falls, the tallest waterfall in New Zealand. The Milford Track perfectly captures Fiordland's immense beauty and is best undertaken with a local guide for ease of access to the day sections of the track as well as an insight into the fascinating history of the area.
The Kepler Track, beginning minutes from Cabot Lodge, is a must-do for anyone visiting New Zealand. The track leads hikers across snowy mountains and through glacial carved valleys, across wetlands and picturesque sandy beaches, providing awe inspiring views. The 60 kilometre loop track is an unforgettable journey, with easily accessible day walk options available, as well as the popular heli-hike from Mount Luxmore, the highest peak on the Kepler Track.
The Routeburn Track links the Fiordland National Park to the Mount Aspiring National Park. The 32 kilometre track climbs as high as 1,255 metres above sea-level, offering hikers spectacular and mesmerising views. It is an epic alpine walk with mountainous peaks, sheer rock faces, alpine basins, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, untouched native forests, powerful rivers and breathtaking views around every corner. It is easily accessible with or without a guide and the walk to Key Summit is a fantastic day hike option.
Visitors can walk these tracks, or sections of these tracks, independently or with a guide. Cabot Lodge works with local and knowledgeable guides who can share their stories of Fiordland's rich history as well as detailed information on the incredible flora and fauna. Take a look at our Great Walks package to see how you can best experience these amazing hikes or get in touch and the team at Cabot Lodge will help you tick Fiordland's Great Walks off your bucket list.