The Milford Sound region is known to be one of the rainiest regions in the world and this rewards us with lush green forests.

The forest of the Lake Gunn Nature Walk is no exception as it showcases an enchanting moss-covered forest from just a few steps into the walk until opening up onto Lake Gunn. The forest is ripe with tomtits, riflemen and other forest birds fluttering about.
Escape the magic of the forest by stepping onto the short side path that takes you out to the beach of Lake Gunn to gaze at the beauty of the lake and mountains. You will be able to see into the deep clear water and the surrounding mountains reflected in the lake in addition, of course, to the mountains themselves.
This walk truly gives you a taste of what the Fiordland has to offer, as the forest and surrounding beauty have mostly been left untouched. The walk is popular, especially being next to a campsite, so the best time to go would be in colder months. While it can be a little chilly, it is a whole other experience watching the morning fog clear to reveal stunning mountains.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 45 minute walk
  • Distance: 1.4 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Bikes allowed: No
  • Route: Loop
  • Elevation: 50 m
  • Wet Feet: There is the option to walk on a beach.
  • Toilets: There are toilets at the car park/campsite.
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: No
  • Last Updated: April, 2020

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