Fiordland Day Walks and Hikes Transport

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 departure time to meet the return bus.

 

  • Key Summit – The Divide – Routeburn Track

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

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

Price $65 return (Te Anau to The Divide and back to Te Anau)

9:45 am bus from Te Anau to The Divide
3:15 pm return bus from The Divide to Te Anau

Please Note: Bus arrive at The Divide approx. 1 hour after departure time, allowing up to 4 hours of self-guided walking time.

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 to 4 hours return 
Price $22 return (Te Anau to Rainbow Reach and back)

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

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.

 

  • Control Gates to Rainbow Reach- Kepler Track

Duration: 3 hours one way

Price $14 one way (Rainbow Reach to Te Anau)

From the Control Gates carpark, the track follows the terraces of the Waiau River along the Kepler Track through red and mountain beech forest to Rainbow Reach where there is a swingbridge to cross over the Waiau River.  Shuttle buses are available, please check timetables before departing.
There are areas of manuka shrubland, lovely views of the forest and river, and good trout fishing opportunities (must have current fishing license) along this track section.

  • Luxmore Hut to Te Anau – Kepler Track

Duration: 4 – 5 hours one way
A helicopter can drop you off at Luxmore Hut so you can walk back down the mountain into Te Anau. There are beautiful views over the Te Anau basin on a nice day. This trip by helicopter is weather-dependent.

 

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.

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