Gertrude Saddle Route

Gertrude Saddle Route - Milford Road

Gertrude Saddle Route

Milford Road

Reviews

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Lennard

Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful and multifaceted track, especially the first part.
The ascent to the saddle is more challenging than I expected from the reviews and can be quite dangerous when you are unexperienced. We actually turned around after a third of it, as we did not feel safe anymore, but were told the really steep part was still to come.
Also, we saw a small rock avalanche going off.
So, it is definitely worth a try, extremely beautiful, but know your limits.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Simon Zenzen

Ranking: 10/10

I have been there in January and the weather was good, the view on the top was amazing. It's my favourite track +- 2h30 - 3h
Take food with you.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sampo Uravirta

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

One of the most breathtaking views ever. Take swimsuit and towel with you if you want to take a swim in a pristine alpine lake at the top!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nivault

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing view at the end!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Daniel Gheczy

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great and adventurous walk where you have to walk several times through the ice cold streams. Great fun!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Matthus Groem

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome walk, but we could not go to the top because of snow.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Nicole Joersen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful walk through different landscapes! It was a pity we did not have the equipment to go to the top but loved every part of the walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Derick Trotter

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk, demanding but awesome views. We stayed at the 1st DOC camp, passed Te Anau on the way to Milford Sound and it is at a great location by the lake. Nice and relaxing.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Dominique

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Great views all the way. Steep and intense climb to an amazing view!! At the top, it is worth going left for a second alpine lake. Hard on the knees on the way down....

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Floriane Desnoyer

France

Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful track. I do not have so much experience but this one is not too hard, just really steep. Great views.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Wolfgang Ellenrieder

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

When the weather is good, very nice view over Milford Sound and the Fiord to the ocean. Track is not marked, so you have to be careful, know your limits, track is very steep and at the viewpoint it goes straight down, no barriers.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Maxim Reim

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk, about 4 hours the Saddle (both ways). From the Saddle, you have to climb over loose rock to the top. A little bit dangerous but amazing view over Milford Sound.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ellie Doughty

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely stunning day hike, starting from just before the Homer Tunnel. Very steep and need to be sure footed, but offers great views into Milford Sound without the hundreds of people.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Leon Schotter

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Greatest track in Fiordland. Just a pure, rough hike up to the top. It is beautiful to have a swim in the lakes on the way or even jump off the cliffs. Bit challenging at the top because of all the snow.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Kristina Farkas

Hungary

Ranking: 10/10

Hard but 100% worth it.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Emma Rochester

Ranking: 9/10

This was a good walk but a hard one. The track wasn't obvious at times but helpful walkers have built cairns along the way so you don't get too lost. A challenging 2 hour walk up and we didn't even get all the way due to there being too much snow and ice still on the mountain. The view down the valley was beautiful but we never saw the view over the Glacier. It was a pleasant day and I wouldn't recommend doing this walk in poor weather.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Frederieke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The view is fantastic, the climb is quite hard. Keas around everywhere!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Henrik Bours

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent climb for people with some experience, nice walk through a valley at the beginning, good and steep climb, great views, challenging which is good, natural surroundings.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Frederic Wachter

Ranking: 10/10

Best walk we did in NZ, but you need good weather. Best views, glaciers, milford sound and mountains around! When raining or even wet, don't walk up!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Karolina Gren

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Hard but worth it. You need some alpine track experiences to go up there. No signed way.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Mandy Reich

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

We did not see what we expected to see.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Pavel Jarolimek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect track for fit people with really good views, especially at the top.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Adriana

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Really difficult, but the most amazing views from the top - the best experience ever.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ruud Biemans

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful scenery.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marius Hoffmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Hard subalpine track with lakes, rocks and beautiful views.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Karel

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Difficult but beautiful. Not too much people. Interesting mountain landscape, sunny weather without fog is necessary.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Julian Kuemme

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Not too hard hike of about 4-5 hours through a valley and not too steep walk up to the Saddle. Also for families. The view was actually not what we expected. The Sound is barely visible.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Rob Cadmus

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Michal Sturma

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

This track is not easy to walk, sometimes you have to climb, but when you get up the hill that view you will never forget.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Jitka Krejcova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Never forget this amazing view from top of this saddle. Hard trek but worthy.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

great walk, but we lost the track very early. That makes it hard to continue! So keep on the track

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Martin Guillaume

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great view, I think the best view on the Alps area.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Loic

France

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful view of Milford Sound, hard walk.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Javier Munoz

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect waterway for 1 day! Nice views during the track and the end is the best!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ainoa Salazar Lozano

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

You need 5 or 6 hours per go and return, the track is easy and the views wonderful.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Paul Nickson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fab day.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Fasto Maserati

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Steep, rocky.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Lenore Dejong

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Great day hike to saddle. Lots of waterfalls, glacier, great views. Challenging, (trail not always obvious).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Wallet

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice track, a little more signs to point out the track.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Bowness

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely walk - superb views from Summit, quite strenuous at the top.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010