Image: Miles Holden | ©
Fitness required: Suitable for all fitnesses
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. It’s not just a 45-minute loop track, it’s a chance to experience wild Fiordland.
The walk is very popular throughout the year but isn’t as busy in the colder months, which makes autumn and winter a great time to visit. The track is near the popular Cascade Creek campsite, and campers often complete the walk first thing in the morning or later in the evening. For the most tranquil experience, try this walk during the day.
The walk begins from Cascade Creek car park on the Milford Road, about 78 km from Te Anau.
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.
Change in elevation: +/- 50 m
|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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