Introduction

This summary may help you choose which Fiordland Great Walk suits you best. It compares length/time, ease of access, facilities, diffiiculty and comments about the experience for each track.

The Kepler Track, Milford Track and Routeburn Track all have spectacular views of ice-carved valleys and forested valleys, lakes, sections above bush line and great side trips. So - how to choose your track? This summary may help.

  Kepler Track

'An adventure above the clouds'

Milford Track

'The finest walk in the world'

Routeburn Track

'Beautiful beyond words'

 Length/time

  • 60 km
  • 3-4 days, circuit
  • Walk either direction
  • 53.5 km
  • 4 days, one way
  • One direction only
  • 32 km
  • 2-4 days, one way
  • Walk either direction
Ease of access
  • Nearest town Te Anau (5 km from track end, approx. 50 mins walk)
  • Starts and finishes in same location
  • Transport options available (bus or boat to Brod Bay)
  • Nearest town Te Anau (27 km to start,120 km from end)
  • 93 km by road between start/finish, boat required both ends
  • Transport options available (bus, boat)
  • Nearest towns Queenstown (68 km to track end) and Te Anau (85 km to track end)
  • 350 km by road between start/finish.
  • Transport options available (bus)
Facilities
  • Campsites available
  • Approx. 6 hrs between huts
  • Highest hut (Luxmore)
  • No camping
  • Approx. 6 hrs between huts
  • Campsites available
  • Approx. 2-6 hrs between huts
Difficulty
  • Longest of the 3 tracks
  • Need moderate fitness
  • Steeper, higher climb and descent overall
  • Highpoint 1472 m (incl. 10 min summit side trip)
  • Mid-length of the 3 tracks
  • Need moderate fitness
  • Gradual climb and descent
  • Highpoint 1154 m
  • Shortest of the 3 tracks
  • Need moderate fitness
  • Gradual climb and descent
  • Highpoint 1255 m
About the experience
  • 'Stunning, panoramic, an adventure above the clouds'
  • Long section above bush line (ridge; 4-5 hrs)
  • Beech-forested lakesides, wetland, mountain views and peak climb
  • Expect to see other parties but less so. Guided groups only allowed for day walks from either track end.
  • 'Awe-inspiring, majestic, the finest walk in the world'
  • Short walk above bush line (mountain pass)
  • Steep-sided glacial valleys, over alpine pass, superb waterfalls in rain
  • Expect to see other parties including guided groups, but all walk one direction only. Book well ahead in peak season.
  • 'An amazing treasure, nature you can touch, beautiful beyond words'
  • Long section above bush line (saddle, ridge; 5-6 hrs)
  • Crosses Alps, forested valleys, alpine meadows and tarns
  • Expect to see other parties including guided groups, both directions. Book well ahead.
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