Lake Gunn
Image: Miles Holden ©


Experience wild Fiordland on one of our best short walks - wander through red beech forest, enjoying glimpses of the birdlife of the Eglinton valley, Lake Gunn and the surrounding mountains. It's a good option for children.



Fitness required: Suitable for all fitnesses
Gradient: Flat 

Track overview

1.4 km loop

Walking and tramping

45 min Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The tranquillity of the beech forest surrounds you within a few steps of the car park. Moss smothers the trees. Tomtits, riflemen and other forest birds are prolific.

A short side path takes you out onto a stony beach. The vast mountains surrounding the deep blue waters of Lake Gunn are awe-inspiring.

Getting there

The walk begins from Cascade Creek car park on the Milford Road, about 78 km from Te Anau.

Nature and conservation

The Eglinton valley is a stronghold for New Zealand’s native birds: South Island robin/kakaruai, kākā, yellowhead/mohua as well as short-tailed bats and long-tailed bats.

Know before you go

What to expect

Change in elevation: +/- 50 m

  • Rapidly changing weather – this walk is in an alpine region.
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets at the car park.
  • Picnic table in the Cascade Creek Campsite near the track.

In the area

For information on transport, accommodation, activities, and attractions in the Fiordland region, refer to


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Full office details
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