The walk begins from the wharf at Freshwater Basin at Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. A purpose-built boat transports walkers 120 m across the basin, disembarking on a small pontoon.
From there the track meanders through native bush, with melodic birdsong to serenade walkers through beech trees and other native flora. The track then winds its way up to a spectacular viewing area of the 162 m high Lady Bowen Falls, with iconic Mitre Peak visible on the other side of the fiord.
The entire return journey including the boat ride and walk will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and will be ideal for families.
The Milford Road (part of SH94) starts from Te Anau, and heads north towards Milford Sound/Piopiotahi (120 km).
The short boat trip to the track leaves from the Freshwater Basin Terminal ($10 Adult $5 Children purchased at terminal).
You may encounter forest birds such as are kea, weka, bellbird, tūī, kererū, kiwi (Northern Fiordland tokoeka), tomtits, fantail, grey warblers. A number of seabirds common to Milford Sound may be also may be seen from the falls, including white heron, black teal and scaup.
Bowen Falls Walk is only accessible by boat. The boat from Freshwater Basin Terminal is not available in winter.
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|Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre|
|Phone:||+64 3 249 7924|
|Fax:||+64 4 471 1117|
Fiordland National Park
Te Anau 9600
PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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