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Address: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Activities: Hiking
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Full-Day Milford Sound Hiking Tour with Cruise

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the long steep climb is worth it

Fabulous views, a little treacherous as the snow was melting , but the waterfalls and Black ;lake were fantastic even small ice bergs in the stream. Recommend taking walking poles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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Perth, Australia

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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Nice views just off the road, clouds hanging from cliffs--great for photo-buffs...not too hard to get off the trail--look for the trail-marking posts, don't just follow what looks like a trail--I made that mistake and ended up doing some bushwhacking (not appreciated by my wife)

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a nice track through a short valley into a gradual climb near spectacular water fall. Cloudy on the top/saddle, but well worth the time and effort.

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Perth, Australia
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Fabulous views, a little treacherous as the snow was melting , but the waterfalls and Black ;lake were fantastic even small ice bergs in the stream. Recommend taking walking poles and plenty of sun protection

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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Undertake only in good weather. A beautiful journey up the valley. Really worth it even if you don't make it to the top; just walking up to the top of the valley before you start climbing steeply is amazing. Excellent Swimming hole a short walk from the main road if your passing on a hot day. Navigation reasonably straight forward.... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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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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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 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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Address: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Fiordland National Park  >  Te Anau

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