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Gertrude Saddle

Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Ranked #10 of 13 Attractions in Te Anau
Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

My teenage son and myself , stayed up in homer hut .....made a day trip to Gertrude saddle . It started off as just a track ...when it slowly started to climb .....the climb to the too is tough and dangerous ,,,but very exciting and worth the pain .... We had a good fine day but I am sure the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

For me, this hike tops the Routeburn in terms of views and cool factor. The track is hard to follow at times, and you are walking up an old rock/avalanche fall in places. This can make for tough going, but the view at the top is second to none. As mentioned by another reviewer, there is sign at the road... More

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Checkendon, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

There are breathtaking views all the way from Te Anau to Milford Sound and it is worth driving up to Homer Tunnel to enjoy so many of the outstanding viewpoints. Stop along the way at various spots which are signposted - all are worth a visit.

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Te Anau, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Father,Mother,son aged 12,daughter aged 8 set out to conquer GS.Lovely sunny day when we set out. We took out time and picked our way to the top.View with the kea from the top looking to Milford Sound was amazing.Mist started creeping in so we turned to come back and mist followed us in quickly making rocks a little slipprey.All safe... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

only for experienced mountain hikers, steep walk, treacherous and slippery in the wet. fantastic views in good weather. looks down onto milford sound, few other people around.

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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We did a lot of hiking during our two weeks in New Zealand, and this is one of the best (if not the very best!) hikes we did. It's definitely not easy (the sign at the start suggests that it's "for fit and experienced trampers only", which I would probably agree with, and it takes awhile (the sign estimates 4-6... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I did not complete the full hike, but did part of it, starting in the Gertrude Valley. The waterways are stunningly beautiful - clear blue water that just begs you to dip in it (don't, though, unless it's a hot day - the water is very cold!). I would love to complete the full hike as the scenery in this... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

Gertrude saddle is a hike that should only be done in sunny weather or at least dry. The rocks can be slippery in rain, so if you're lucky to have a beautiful day in Fiordland, get on top of the saddle and you won't regret it!! First part of the hike is in the valley, so for about 40 minutes... More

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