Multi Day Exploration - Otago / Southland Great Walks, New Zealand

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Visited: Mid - Late Jan

Milford Track

Routeburn Track

Kepler Track

 

All of these three classic tracks provide well-managed access through the beautiful beech-filled valleys and open exposed moorland of southern New Zealand. Although all require (often heavily booked) permits to walk, they are excellently managed, and remain a wilderness experience. Not sure which one is better, walking anywhere in New Zealand is very rewarding. If you're in the region and have no permit, excellent (but longish) day walks can take you up Mt Luxmoore on the Kepler Track or to Lake Mackenzie from The Divide along the Routeburn Track.
Milford Track - South Island - New Zealand
Drying waterproofs at Clinton Hut, Milford Track, Glade Wharf - Neale Burn Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 23-Jan-01, B822

Mossy forest nr Clinton Hut, Milford Track, Glade Wharf - Neale Burn Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 23-Jan-01, B824

Clinton River West Branch and Mt Fisher (L) and Castle Mtn (M), Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B826

Lake created by 1982 landslip and waterfall nr Hire Falls, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B828

1772 Peak from the Prairie nr Bus Stop Shelter, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B829

View E along Clinton Valley from nr St Quintin Falls viewpoint, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B830

Ferns nr Mintaro Hut, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B833

Mt Hart (L) from Mintaro Lake, Milford Track, Neale Burn Hut - Mintaro Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B835

Mt Elliot (M) and Mt Wilmar (R) from Mackinnon Memorial, Milford Track, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B836

View of Green Valley and Lady of the Snows from Mackinnon Memorial, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 24-Jan-01, B837

Sutherland Falls, Milford Track, Mintaro Hut - Mackinnon Pass - Dumpling Hut Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 25-Jan-01, B840

Cleddau River Gorge from Sandfly Point, Milford Track, Dumpling Hut - Sandfly Point Section, Milford Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 26-Jan-01, B844

Milford Sound, Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 1-Aug-94, TS6

Evening at Milford Sound from Car Park, Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 17-Jan-01, B775

The Footstool and Mitre Peak (L) from Car Park, Milford Sound, Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 18-Jan-01, B779

Milford Sound at low tide from Car Park, Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 18-Jan-01, B794

Routeburn Track - South Island - New Zealand
Routeburn River and Beech Trees from Routeburn Shelter, Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B736

Ferns along Routeburn Track before Routeburn Flats Hut, Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B740

View E from Routeburn Flats, 'V' leads to Routeburn Gorge, Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B744

Panorama from Jan '94 landslip site, including Routeburn Flats and surrounding mtns (1), Routeburn Shelter - Routeburn Falls Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Mt Aspiring NP, Otago, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B751

Lake Harris from Harris Saddle, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B756

Tarns and Harris Saddle, with East Peak (ML), Conical Hill side trip Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B757

Mt Tutoko (L) and Lake McKerrow leading to Martins Bay (M - far) from Conical Hill, Conical Hill side trip Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 14-Jan-01, B758

East Peak and Harris Shelter with clouds in Hollyford Valley, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B761

Mt Totoke and Routeburn Track leading from Lake Mackenzie to Harris Shelter, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B762

Lake Mackenzie with Ocean Peak (L) and Emily Peak (R), Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B764

Lake Mackenzie with Ocean Peak (L) and Emily Peak (R), Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B766

Ferms and Ribbonwoods in the Orchard along the Routeburn Track, Routeburn Falls Hut - Harris Saddle - Lake Mackenzie - Howden Hut Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 15-Jan-01, B770

Tarn at Key Summit (919), with Mt Christina (2502) (R), Mt Ngatmamoe (2133) (Far L), Mt Flattop (2316) (L) and Mt Pyramid (2325) (L), The Divide - Key Summit - Lake McKenzie - The Divide Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-04, SA980

Lake McKenzie and Mt Emily (MR) from nr Lake McKenzie Hut, The Divide - Key Summit - Lake McKenzie - The Divide Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-04, SA988

Lake Howden from Howden Hut and view to south, The Divide - Key Summit - Lake McKenzie - The Divide Section, Routeburn Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-04, SA993

 
Kepler Track - South Island - New Zealand
Ferns and Beech Trees at start of Kepler Track nr Control Gates, Te Anau - Control Gates Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 22-Jan-01, B821

Mt Luxmore (M) and Lake Te Anau from nr DOC office, Te Anau, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA961

Mossy forest floor and glittering Dock Bay from track between Dock Bay and Brod Bay, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA963

River mouth into Dock Bay on track to Brod Bay, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA964

Brod Bay and mountains to NW, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA965

Luxmore Hut and U-shaped valley of Mystery Burn (M) across South Fiord of Lake Te Anau, with Mt Owen (1769) (L) and Black Cone (1679) (R), Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA967

Rainbow over Lake Te Anau from Luxmore Hut, Te Anau - Mt Luxmore Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 19-Jan-04, SA968

Track above South Fiord of Lake Te Anau from track between Luxmore Saddle and Forest Burn Shelter, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA970

South Fiord of Lake Te Anau (L) and main Te Anau Lake (R) from track nr Luxmore Saddle, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA969

Track along ridge between Forest Burn and Hanging Vallet Shelters, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA972

Kea at Hanging Valley Shelter, Mt Luxmore Hut - Iris Burn Hut Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 20-Jan-04, SA973

Iris Burn Valley upstream from clearing below Big Slip clearing, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA974

Mossy beech forest just downstream of Big Slip clearing, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA976

Beach on Lake Manapouri from in front of Moturua Hut, Iris Burn Hut - Rainbow Reach Swing Bridge Section, Kepler Track (T), Fiordland NP, Southland, New Zealand, 21-Jan-04, SA978