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    • Milford Sound, New Zealand

      Explore Milford Sound

      4.7
      1.2 mi / 1 ft gain
      Milford Sound can be explored by land or sea. Short hiking trails departing from the main parking lot are numerous and well signed, walk along the Foreshore Trail or up into the hills for expansive views.Going on a cruise is an exciting way to get up close and personal with Milford's scenery and ...
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    • Milford Sound, New Zealand

      Kayak to Lady Bowen Falls in Milford Sound

      4.5
      There are multiple options for getting to Milford Sound.  If you have a car and can drive, then just take the Milford Sound Highway from Te Anau, and once you get to the end of the road and see all the big boats, just park your car and get ready for some fun in the water.  If you don't have your ...
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    • Milford Sound, New Zealand

      Overnight Cruise the Milford Sound

      5.0
      If you are ever visiting New Zealand's south island, I cannot implore you more to consider doing the overnight cruise of the Milford Sound via Real Journeys. For roughly $300, you board, in Queenstown, a custom designed Real Journeys tour bus that has seats slightly angled towards the windows as ...
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    • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

      Climb to Homer Saddle, Fjordland NP

      1.6 mi / 1574.8 ft gain
      This route is not marked, riddled with loose rock, and requires climbing on narrow exposed ledges. There are often snow patches on the saddle and an unchecked fall will almost certainly result in a fatality. However, for experienced and well prepared parties this can be one of the most rewarding ...
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    • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

      Hike to Gertrude Saddle

      4.8
      4.3 mi / 2624.7 ft gain
      The trail begins at the signposted car park along Milford Road just before the Homer Tunnel, about 98km from Te Anau. Follow the marked track through the valley and left, steeply uphill. About halfway up you will cross the Gertrude Stream below a large, steep waterfall.Upon reaching Black Lake, c...
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    • Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

      Valley of the Trolls

      1.9 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
      The Valley of The Trolls can be accessed from the head of Lake Harris, off the Routeburn track. The trail in the valley is a lot tougher going than the well maintained Routeburn track. The valley floor will quickly become a swampy bog after a rain.  Getting to the trail is easily done about 300 ...
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    • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

      Hike to Lake Marian

      4.7
      3 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
      The track starts soon after the turnoff onto Hollyford Rd off the Milford Highway. The track begins with a bridge crossing over a river and then soon reached Marian Falls. From the falls the trail climbs steeply through forest until the lake. The lake is a beautiful place to spend several hour...
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    • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

      Hike to Key Summit

      5 mi / 1640.4 ft gain
      In the Fiordland National Park, the Key Summit sits at the beginning of one of New Zealand's Great Walks, The Routeburn Track. This half-day walk to easily accessible off of the Milford Road from the Divide Carpark, one of the access points to the popular backpacking trip. A toilet is available h...
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    • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

      Camp at Cascade Creek

      This campsite is just off the Milford Highway. There will be a sign for the Cascade Creek Campground exit. Follow the dirt road for several minutes before reaching the campground. You may find a spot immediately, but the campground is fairly large and can get busy, so drive until you find a spot ...
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    • Kinloch, New Zealand

      Backpack the Routeburn Track

      5.0
      12.5 mi
      If you're looking for the best the Routeburn Track has to offer but only have one night to spend - hike from the Glenorchy side Routeburn Shelter to Lake Mackenzie in 12.5 miles (approx. 3,500 feet of elevation gain) and stay at this stunning hut location before backtracking over Harris Saddle th...
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    • Kinloch, New Zealand

      Day Hike to Harris Saddle (Routeburn Track)

      4.5
      14.3 mi / 2460.6 ft gain
      The Routeburn Track is world famous, and with good reason. But the because it is a through hike that requires multiple hut reservations and an expensive car-shuttle or two day bus ride to complete, many people feel overwhelmed or underprepared. This day hike options allows you a no-strings-attach...
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    • Kinloch, New Zealand

      Day Hike the Routeburn Track

      20.5 mi / 4100 ft gain
      New Zealand's incredible Routeburn Track is popular for a reason, and to this day it is still one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. Usually backpacked in 3-4 days, this 20 mile hike is possible to do in one!  During Great Walks season (October through April), huts and campsites along the tra...
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    • Kinloch, New Zealand

      Day Hike the Routeburn North Branch

      To access the Routeburn North Branch, you start out from the Routeburn Shelter and head along the Routeburn Track towards Routeburn Flats Hut (6.5km). At the hut, cross the wide but shallow North Branch to pick up the poled route on the other side that leads through the last of the Routeburn flat...
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    • Glenorchy, New Zealand

      Backpack the Magical Earnslaw Burn

      8.7 mi / 1968.5 ft gain
      Once you identify the parking area (Right turn off Glenorchy Paradise Road just before crossing the Earnslaw Burn, park a the bend in the road.) Cross the boggy meadow in a NW direction until you see the orange trail markers on trees.The trail below bush line is long, very rugged and covered with...
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    • Mount Earnslaw, New Zealand

      Climb Mount Earnslaw, Mount Aspiring National Park

      5.0
      16.8 mi / 8000 ft gain
      Start at the Rees Valley Trailhead, approximately 30 minutes from Glenorchy. The trail begins as a dirt road that passes through grazing land and small tributary creeks that flow into the Rees. The first 4.4 miles (7 km) of the trail hugs the Rees River and stays in the grassy and often boggy riv...
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    • Mount Earnslaw, New Zealand

      Hike the Rees Track to the Cascade Saddle

      5.0
      33.6 mi / 4921.3 ft gain
      The Rees Track and Cascade Saddle Route is located in the heart of Mt. Aspiring National Park. This backpacking trip brings together 2 different routes to make a unique and awesome trip through stunning mountain scenery, alpine vegetation, past the Dart Glacier, and over the unforgettable Cascade...
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    Guides, Insights and Stories from Milford Sound

    Milford Sound: The 8th Wonder of the World Revealed

    Milford Sound: The 8th Wonder of the World Revealed

    Nikos Taskos