Take a boat from Milford Sound/Piopiotahi and see the spectacular Lady Bowen Falls on this short walk. The walk is only accessible by boat.

Track overview

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Bowen falls
Lady Bowen Falls 
Image: Grant Grieve ©

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.

Getting there

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).

Nature and conservation

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. 

Know before you go

Bowen Falls Walk is only accessible by boat. The boat from Freshwater Basin Terminal is not available in winter.

You will need:

  • insect repellent
  • sturdy footwear
  • sun protection
  • a waterproof layer as spray from falls and wet can occur at any time, even in summer.


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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