Mirror Lakes Walk
Mirror Lakes Walk
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Stephen & Sue
    Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy quick stop, but the perfect view is rare.
    Mirror Lake is right on the highway, so it’s no trouble at all to check it out on the way to or from Milford. IF it’s a sunny clear day, AND there’s no wind blowing (like, absolutely none) AND the ducks are not disturbing the water AND there’s no weed taking over the surface, well, the view is incredible – it’s a perfect mountain reflection. Every other time this is still a nice spot to gaze across the pond to the valley and mountains beyond, and in peak season there’s often a coffee cart too.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • TerryH
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom1,069 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    We only stopped here for a short while en-route to our next destination. However the views on our short walk were truly amazing and absolutely worth a visit. Easily missed but make the effort to spend day 30 minutes here at least.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,229 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This was just a short stopover to stretch our legs on a longer journey. A very pleasant short walk across boardways down to the edge of a glacial lake. When the weather is good, and the water perfectly calm, as it was when we were there, you get a perfect mirror reflection of the mountains & hills in the water, making a perfect photo op.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 8, 2023
  • dianedinky
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom791 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice photo stop
    You don't spend much time here. It's more of a photo stop opportunity that a visit. We just spent about 15-20 minutes on a short walk to the lakes and back. very beautiful though and also plenty of birdlife to watch out for.
    Visited February 2023
    Written June 9, 2023
  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, Hawaii169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    gorgeous crystal clear lake
    A beautiful glacier lake on the way to Milford Sound. The boardwalk is short and easy to do with fantastic views. There are a couple of signage to tell you what animals and plants are in the area. Cool fungi growing in the area.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Joyman L
    Perth, Australia1,513 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop by!
    Visited in May 2023 Located on the way to Milford Sound, this attractive scenery is very easily accessible from the road. Just off the main road are boardwalks that lead down to the water's edge where the mirroring can be viewed. There are several lookouts along the path with multiple connections back to the road. The area is also frequented by the local birds. This stop has no toilet facilities and probably only takes 10-15min max for the whole journey. Many tour buses on the way to Milford also stop here so there will be moments of serenity in between the hordes of tourists from the buses. It is free entry and free parking to visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We visited mirror lakes during a day trip to Milford Sound with the excellent Mitre Peak.

Mirror Lakes are a set of lakes lying north of Lake Te Anau and west of the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound .

You can get excellent pictures of the mirror like reflection of the mountains on the lake.Its just a short walk down a path from the main road.

This is a must visit on the way to milford Sound.
Written January 16, 2023
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Stephen & Sue
Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Mirror Lake is right on the highway, so it’s no trouble at all to check it out on the way to or from Milford.
IF it’s a sunny clear day, AND there’s no wind blowing (like, absolutely none) AND the ducks are not disturbing the water AND there’s no weed taking over the surface, well, the view is incredible – it’s a perfect mountain reflection.
Every other time this is still a nice spot to gaze across the pond to the valley and mountains beyond, and in peak season there’s often a coffee cart too.
Written March 5, 2023
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YvySurrey_UK
Banstead, UK290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Stopped here quite early in the morning to see the mirror effect on our way down to Milford Sound. Water was very still and there was a good reflection but would have been better if the sky was clear. - Hint - beware of Sandflies here, seemed to be quite a few. We stopped in the afternoon on the way back when weather was nicer and the sun out, but mirror effect was just not there as more movement on the water.
Written February 11, 2020
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Stephen & Sue
Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Mirror Lakes is right on the highway - no turnoff, the parking is extensive and adjoins the road, and from there it's a 2 minute stroll along the boardwalk - you can see this in 10 minutes.
But it only works if the sun is out and the wind is down, so, stop on the way to Milford Sound, and if it's not working, check it out again on the way back.
While the best, most prefect reflections are more likely in the morning, contrary to the report earlier you can still get a decent view in the afternoon.
There was fog when we drove past in the morning so we stopped on the way back in the late afternoon, and got some pretty good reflections.
There was a tiny breeze, but our biggest problem was the ducks swimming past and disturbing the surface.
Written January 29, 2020
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Found_Lost_Key
New Zealand1,242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A free thing to do while driving between Te Anau and Milford Sound. Plenty of parking, best to visit on a fine day and whilst driving northbound for ease of parking.
Wheelchair accessible. There is only about 100 mtrs of walkway so 15 minutes is ample time for a visit.
The sign in the water could do with an upgrade.
Written August 4, 2020
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK791 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
You don't spend much time here. It's more of a photo stop opportunity that a visit. We just spent about 15-20 minutes on a short walk to the lakes and back. very beautiful though and also plenty of birdlife to watch out for.
Written June 9, 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This was just a short stopover to stretch our legs on a longer journey. A very pleasant short walk across boardways down to the edge of a glacial lake. When the weather is good, and the water perfectly calm, as it was when we were there, you get a perfect mirror reflection of the mountains & hills in the water, making a perfect photo op.
Written May 8, 2023
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Remela P
Auckland Central, New Zealand125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
On this trip, we stayed in Te Anau and drove all the way down to Milford. No boat trip this time. Instead we stopped at so many places to do short walks or just to admire waterfalls, pure fresh water gushing through huge boulder rocks. View the valleys and huge mountain ranges.
The sound of silence is an experience as you walk through the forest.
Long walks, short walks. Whatever you want to do.
Mirror Lake was one of the stops. Beauty at its best. Little ducks sometimes cause little ripples, but that is OK.
Fiordland National Park is nature beauty at its best
Written April 30, 2022
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TerryH
Hertfordshire, UK1,069 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We only stopped here for a short while en-route to our next destination. However the views on our short walk were truly amazing and absolutely worth a visit. Easily missed but make the effort to spend day 30 minutes here at least.
Written April 9, 2023
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happykoabug
Honolulu, HI169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
A beautiful glacier lake on the way to Milford Sound. The boardwalk is short and easy to do with fantastic views. There are a couple of signage to tell you what animals and plants are in the area. Cool fungi growing in the area.
Written July 5, 2023
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