Introduction

This quite steep and difficult tramping track leads from the Borland Road through beech forest then into the tops where you can enjoy gorgeous views of Fiordland.

Track overview

4 km return return via same track

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 hours to tops Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

The Borland Road may be closed at any time - to find out the road’s status, contact the local DOC office, Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, or Borland Lodge directly

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

This quite steep and difficult tramping track leads from the Borland Road through beech forest then into the tops where you can enjoy gorgeous and rugged views of Fiordland.

From the car parking area on Borland Road, a pylon access road leads to the left.

Follow this main access road up (for about an hour), until you see a DOC track sign on your left that says Eldrig Peak.

A steep climb for approximately 2 km (1 ½ hours) follows a marked route through gradually shorter forest then scrub until you reach the open tussock tops, and some fantastic views.

From here on, snow poles mark the route onto the slopes just below Eldrig Peak. Here you can enjoy are some fascinating rock formations and fantastic views across Fiordland.

View from Mt Eldrig. Photo: Lyn Trewella.
The view from Mt Eldrig

Getting there

This track starts on the Borland Road in Monowai, Fiordland, at a parking area about 6 km up the road from the gate near Borland Lodge.

A DOC sign at the roadside marks the parking area (on the left side of the road heading towards the saddle).

You can walk to this point from the lodge if without a vehicle - see the South Borland Track

Lake Monowai and the Borland Road are located about 67 km from Te Anau (1 hour), and 120 km from Invercargill (1 hour 45 min) and can be accessed via the Southern Scenic Route.

From Te Anau

Drive south via the Te Anau-Mossburn Highway and onto the Blackmount-Redcliff Rd.

After 55 km (about 40 min), turn right into Lake Monowai Rd just north of the Blackmount School.

Follow signs to Borland Lodge or Lake Monowai (both reached after about 20 min).

From Invercargill

Drive 77 km to Clifden (65 min) then head north on the Clifden-Blackmount Rd (25 km, 20 min) until turning left into the Lake Monowai Rd, just north of the Blackmount School. 

Follow signs to Borland Lodge or Lake Monowai (both reached after about 20 min).

Borland Road

From the gate near Borland Lodge it is about 15 km up the Borland Road to Borland Saddle (990m above sea level).

A toilet, parking and natural history information are available at the saddle. 

Borland Road access

The Borland Road is unsealed, narrow and steep in places, and subject to slips, washouts, snow, ice, high winds and fallen trees.

It is usually fine for walking, mountain biking, 4WD vehicles and some other vehicles (depending on conditions).

It is not suitable for campervans, caravans or trailers. Vehicles are not allowed off the main road.

There are no fuel, communication (including cell phone coverage) or emergency services along its length, therefore only those properly equipped should attempt to negotiate the road.

Contacts

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