Introduction

Read about activities, tracks, places to stay and visitor facilities that are suitable for children and families in the Fiordland region.

Great Walks 

Great Walks are suitable for families:

  • Older children (over 10 years), with support of an experienced adult, can embrace an outdoor challenge, depending on their ability and experience.
  • Under 10 year olds may find the terrain too difficult, so the Milford Track and the alpine sections of the Routeburn and Kepler Tracks are not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
  • The tracks are excellently maintained to a Great Walk/easy tramping standard.
  • Huts are well equipped with bunks, cookers, heating, lighting, toilet and basin facilities so you don’t have to carry everything - just food, clothing, and essentials.
  • It’s free for children (5-17 years) to stay in huts and campsites on Great Walk tracks. Children under 15 years must be with an adult.

The Great Walks are:

Easy short walks

Many of these walks have information panels or sheets so you can share with your children.

Milford Road/Milford Sound

Humboldt Falls
Lake Gunn Nature Walk
Lake Marian Falls
Lake Mistletoe
Milford Foreshore Walk
Milford Sound Lookout Track
Mirror Lakes
The Chasm

Milford Road/Milford Sound

Te Anau/Manapouri

Frasers Beach
Stockyard Cove Track
The Wilderness Lookout
Visitor Centre to Ivon Wilson Recreation Reserve
Visitor Centre to Kepler Track carpark
Visitor Centre to Te Anau Wildlife Centre
Visitor Centre to Upukerora River

Lake Monowai/Borland Road

Borland Nature Walk

Waitutu/South Coast

Big Tōtara Walk
Lake Hauroko Track

Half day or day walks

Milford Road/Milford Sound

Key Summit (Routeburn Track)
Lake Marian Track - full walk or just to the waterfalls

Te Anau/Manapouri

Kepler Track carpark to Dock Bay and Brod Bay
Kepler Track carpark to Rainbow Reach (Kepler Track)
Pearl Harbour return via Circle Track
Visitor Centre to Te Anau Wildlife Centre
Visitor Centre to Upukerora River

Lake Monowai/Borland Road

Lake Monowai Peninsula Lookout

Short or easy overnight tramps

Hidden Falls (Hollyford Track)
Lake Howden (Routeburn Track)

Te Anau/Manapouri

Kepler Track carpark to Dock Bay/Brod Bay (Kepler Track) – camp by the lake at Brod Bay
Pearl Harbour to Hope Arm or Back Valley Hut
Rainbow Reach to Shallow Bay or Moturau Hut (Kepler Track)

Waitutu/South Coast

South Coast Track - the first night

Ideas for other family activities

Ask at the DOC Visitor Centre for information sheets on local activities around Te Anau, Manapouri and Fiordland.

Fishing in Fiordland - Lake Te Anau, upper Waiau River and Lake Henry in Ivon Wilson Park
Kayaking in Fiordland - around the shores of Lake Te Anau
Mountain biking in Fiordland - around the shores of Lake Te Anau and in Ivon Wilson Park
Guided activities and commercial tours - many options e.g. Glow Worm Caves or boat cruises


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