Fiordland Day Walks and Hikes Transport and Information

Day Walk Logo.jpg Self-guided day walk options in Fiordland National Park provided by Tracknet.

Important notice: While on the track you are responsible for your own safety and need to be self sufficient and prepared for the day and bring appropriate clothing, food and footwear for the conditions. You must manage your time to ensure you are in the correct location 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time to meet the return bus transport.


  • Key Summit – Divide Routeburn Track

Tracknet provides the bus transport to and from The Divide (Routeburn Track).

Duration: Divide to Key Summit: 3 to 4 hours return
Duration: Divide to Howden Hut and Lake Howden: 3 to 4 hours return

9.45am: Bus travels from Te Anau Department of Conservation to The Divide.

3:15pm: Return bus travels from The Divide to Te Anau Department of Conservation.

Travellers will arrive at The Divide approx. 1 hour after departure time, allowing up to 4 hours of self-guided walking time.

Medium level of fitness is recommended
The Routeburn Track from The Divide to Key Summit is a well formed hiking track; however walkers should still be aware of roots, streams and other obstacles.

The initial stages of the Routeburn Track has a 400 metre accent through beech forest and continues to rise above the tree-line, arriving on the tussock clad tops of Key Summit to an alpine world of unique vegetation, tarns and 360 degree views. The Key Summit section of the track is a popular Alpine Tarn high in the Fiordland Mountains. At Key Summit, snowy peaks, the vast forested valleys and perfect alpine gardens are all rewards for your efforts.  Subject to walking timings, you may also have time to visit Howden Hut and Lake Howden on your journey. There are earlier departure times and later pick up times if you want to spend more time on the Track.

  • Rainbow Reach to Shallow Bay/Moturau Hut – Kepler Track

Duration: 3 hr – 3½ hr return 

Te Anau to Rainbow Reach 9:30am 11:10am 2:30pm  4:15pm 20mins
Rainbow Reach to Te Anau 10am 3pm 4pm  5pm 20mins

Price $22 return (Te Anau to Rainbow Reach and back)

Rainbow Reach is 12 km from Te Anau on the Manapouri/Te Anau Highway. To access this part of the Kepler Track cross the swing bridge beside the car park, then turn left. The track is gently undulating and wanders through mountain beech forest with some great river views. Some scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed near this part of the river. Further along cross a kettle bog then continue to the shores of Lake Manapouri. The Moturau and Shallow Bay Huts are near the lake shore and offer shelter and toilet facilities.

Tracknet transport is at Rainbow Reach at 10:00am and 3:00pm daily during the Great Walks Season, regardless of bookings. For all other times, bookings are essential, as we only run with confirmed bookings.

Suggestions for what to bring on your self-guided day walk.

  • Research the track you intend to walk and collect a map or other information about the section of Track (From Te Anau Department of Conservation).
  • Wrist watch or device to ensure you do not miss your transport back to Te Anau.
  • Waterproof jacket – never venture into Fiordland without it.
  • Warm clothing – this is a mountainous environment and weather can change quickly. Hat and gloves are the best items to keep those extremities toasty.
  • Sunscreen and sunhat.
  • Camera – memory card with plenty of space.
  • Lunch and snacks. There’s a selection of cafes and two supermarkets in Te Anau.
  • Water bottle.
  • Bug spray – yep! You will meet the occasional sandfly.
  • Good walking shoes or boots
  • Day pack to carry your gear –this should be comfortable and waterproof.

Please note: The Routeburn Track is a remote location. There are no shops and no cellphone coverage.

Availability information provided by Traveldrift