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The Chasm Walk is a great place to stop on your way to or from Milford Sound. It’s a very popular easy 20min loop walk where you’ll cross The Chasm Bridge.

From the car park, it is a short and easy walk to the Chasm. Because it is a short walk and offers something unique, it is a popular stop for many people (including tour buses) on their way to Milford Sound

The walk will take you through native forest where you may hear native birds singing as you make your way to the Chasm. All sounds will soon fade away however as the sound of the thundering falls of the Chasm take over. After crossing over a series of footbridges, you will be able to see the water below. Looking further down, you will see the water disappear and reappear below as it makes its way through the rocks. 

The Chasm consists of stunning waterfalls but particularly interesting are the rocks that were sculpted from the power of the river. The swirling patterns and smoothed-out basins are awe-inspiring.

Due to the depth of the chasm and the route of the water, the Chasm is notorious for being difficult to photograph. It is next to impossible to find an angle where the entirety of the Chasm is pictured. It is nevertheless a fun challenge for most photographers. The best place for photos is from The Chasm Bridge.

Must do while in Milford Sound

We stopped at The Chasm Walk on our way out to Milford Sound for the day from our hotel in Te Anau. We then continued to Milford Sound for a few more free walks then took a 2 hour boat trip in the Milford Sounds. It really is spectacular and well worth it. If you’d rather someone else drive while you soak up the scenery (it’s a long drive of 118m) then take a bus tour which includes the cruise and a walk, which leave from Te Anau. You’ll need to read about how much it costs to park in Milford Sound before you decide whether to take your car or not.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 20 minute walk
        • Distance: 400 m
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: Unknown
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Unknown
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    The track offers views of the rushing water and rock formations of the Chasm.

  • Track Quality

    The track is easy and well-maintained and also includes footbridges.

  • Hazards

    Stepping close to the Chasm: Stay on the path and hold on to safety railings.

  • Transport

    No

  • Water

    Unknown

  • Driving Instructions

    Driving north 109 km on Milford Road from Te Anau, the car park is well signposted and visible from the road.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The closest shops and restaurants are in Milford Sound.

  • Area & Track History

    The Chasm was formed by the pressure of the Cleddau River as it made its way down from the Darran mountains. Forced through a rock valley, the water built up created waterfalls. Over the centuries, the rocks the water brought with it sculpted the patterns in the rocks that we see today.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

Map of The Chasm Walk

Here is the map for The Chasm Walk showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer.

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