Do this walk the REVERSE of what is recommended and do it in 3 days not 4/5 unless you love SANDFLIES. Route is Moturau Hut ( bypass ) and overnight Iris Burn. Sandflies along the path OK WHY ? because their all at the huts, demons from hell all partying en masse as each day more trampers turn up so they can feast all day and night. The walking is not tough, flattish, beautiful forest and you can make fast time. Not much really to see. The next day you do the "crème de la crème" of the walk along the ridge back to Te Anau and Luxmore Hut. A fantastic days walking on a sunny not to windy day. The views are varied and stunning. The final section to Luxmore can be stupendous. The Luxmore Hut is virtually Sandfly free. The final day a routine walk out. The recommended way is HARD on the first day as the climb to Luxmore is taxing. Then you have a great day on the tops to then spend overnight in the Sandfly Hilton which also Motorau hut is too. No thanks ! This way its better every day.
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