Lake Gunn Nature Walk

Lake Gunn Nature Walk

Milford Road, Fiordland National Park

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10 Milford Sound - Fiordland National Park

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Lake Gunn nature walk
Lake Gunn

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1.2 km return | 45 minutes return

The loop track passes through red beech forest and gives glimpses of the birdlife typical of the Eglinton Valley. Side trips can be made to several lake beaches and sheltered fishing spots.

Access

75 km from Te Anau along Milford Road, turn left at the signpost to Cascade Creek. The parking area by the start of the track is signposted shortly after on the right.

Track

The wide metalled track shortly forks to form a loop. Following the loop clockwise, make sure you take the short detour to the outlet of Lake Gunn. You’ll realise why when you’re there.

Back on the main loop there a few informal side tracks to the edge of Lake Gunn, with benches provided by narrow pebbled beaches on the lake’s southern shores.

The rest of the track continues to pass through the luxuriant forest, dominated by some massive red beech tress. An unusual number seem to be scarred with burls. Look also for the damaged areas caused by wind bombs.

Flora

Damage sustained by wind bombs are a feature of the landscape in narrow, steep sided valley areas. When storms occur, the rapid up movement of air associated with convective rainfall is balanced by a downdraught, which can be tremendously fierce. In some instances it can strip a tree of branches and create a light well, as seen in sections of the walk.

The red beech here are particularly lofty.

European History

Lake Gunn was named after George Gunn. In 1861 with David McKellar, the two wealthy Southland runholders climbed Key Summit (on today’s Routeburn Track) at the Divide and spied the lake. They also took note of the Hollyford Valley, which they felt was too densely timbered to be of use as pasture. Gunn eventually emigrated to Mexico, where he was murdered over a land dispute.

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South IslandFiordlandMilford Sound - Fiordland National Park

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andrew

Ranking: 7/10

nice walk

Reviewed 7 days ago

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Raphaele

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best stops along the war to Milford. The walk through the rainforest is easy, beautiful and not overcrowded with tourists. Beautiful and tranquil view of Lake Gunn.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Marilli

Ranking: 10/10

That’s the only walk I will rate because it was so awesome 😍
You feel like the trees are alive in there! So beautiful

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Amy Smith

England

Ranking: 6/10

Pretty walk and relatively easy but at times the correct route is unclear and muddy which can lead to some confusion.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Sam Howard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful, really interesting walk through the forest. Felt a lot like Lord of the Rings territory. Could have been better signposted around the Lake.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Jacques Scohy

France

Ranking: 8/10

Short walk inside a fairy forest that looks like Lord of the Rings decor.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Alvaro Rodriguez

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Easy 30 minute track from Cascade Creek with beautiful views of Lake Gunn at the end.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ferry and Carlyn

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Easy path, beautiful forest and amazing view of Lake Gunn. Well maintained.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Leonie Prendeville

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

It is only a short walk but it is absolutely beautiful. We felt like we were in Fanghorn Forest from Lord of the Rings. It is great

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Alina Hummel

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Get a nice impression of New Zealand's landscape on a short walk (30 minutes).

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Janis Gallois

France

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect lake and good/interesting nature walk.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Renate

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very impressive plants especially the trees and ferns.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Pete & Pat Etheridge

England

Ranking: 10/10

45 minutes of stunning red beech forest - but lots of time to stand and stare, take photos, meet with the birds and wonder at all that green moss.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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