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. 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.
Nature and conservation
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 www.fiordland.org.nz.