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The Wilderness Lookout Walk

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The walk from the Wilderness Reserve car park to the lookout is extremely short, but it is easy to get lost in the views as the mountains and land spread out as far as the eyes can see. Far enough from any town and with the surrounding low vegetation, you can embrace the entirety of Fiordland National Park. The lookout platform is not really that high and the bushes are starting to block the view a bit, hopefully DOC will trim them down soon.

Though often overlooked, there is another interesting view to take in from the viewing platform. And no, it is not the Takitimu mountains—because no one overlooks mountains. It is the bog pine forest beneath. It is a low-lying shrub that is native to New Zealand. It is a plant that is uncommon and in decline, so this might be most people’s chance to ever see it.

This walk is also wheelchair accessible. While you’re in Te Anau, make sure you take a day trip out to Milford Sound. Or take a once in a lifetime scenic flight over Dusky and Doubtful Sounds. which leaves right from the waterfront in Te Anau.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 5 minute walk
        • Distance: 300m
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: Return
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes, there are toilets at the car park.
        • Dogs: Yes
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    The lookout at the end of this walk offers 360 degree views onto Fiordland national park, farmland and the Takitimu mountains.

  • Track Quality

    The track is gravelled and the lookout is on a platform.

  • Hazards

    None

  • Transport

    No

  • Water

    Unknown

  • Driving Instructions

    It is a 20 minute drive from Te Anau on the SH94 towards Mossburn. A sign indicates the turnoff for the walk in the Wildnerness Reserve.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are no shops or restaurants nearby.

  • Area & Track History

    The Wilderness Reserve and Lookout have no particular history and are notable insofar as they overlook Fiordland National Park, the most popular national park in New Zealand.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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Map of The Wilderness Lookout Walk

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New Zealand, The Key, Te Anau-Mossburn Hwy, Wilderness Scientific Reserve邮政编码: 9679

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