Hiking

There are more than 600 kilometres of tracks for visitors to explore in Fiordland, earning the area the reputation of the 'Walking Capital of the World'. Three of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks are in Fiordland - the renowned Milford Track, Kepler 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 showcases the best of Fiordland.  

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 over Lake Te Anau. The 60 kilometre loop track is an unforgettable journey. 

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.

Guests 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 knowledge of the flora and fauna in the area, as well as the local history. For those who don't wish to exert themselves, Cabot Lodge offers guests the ability to fly to the peak of the Kepler Track, and walk the downhill section of the track, to the shores of Lake Te Anau. If you would like more information on our various hiking packages, get in touch, and the team at Cabot Lodge will help you tick Fiordland's 'Great Walks' off your bucket list.