Many say Te Anau is the walking capital of New Zealand, as the Milford, Kepler, and Routeburn Tracks either start or finish here, or pass through the city. The Milford Track is probably New Zealand’s most famous walk. It’s 53 kilometres long, and it is recommended it’s done in 4 days (there are huts along the track where hikers can stay for the night). The track leads visitors across suspension bridges, mountain passes and to the Sutherland Falls, the tallest waterfall in New Zealand.
The Kepler Track was designed to show the hikers the best of the national park: mountains, native forest, waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys. While challenging (it also takes 4 days to complete it), it’s still an easier walk than the Milford Track, as streams are bridged and the steepest sections have steps.
The Routeburn Track connects the Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park, from Queenstown to Te Anau or the other way around, whichever you prefer. It usually takes 3 days to complete the track and has some of the best scenery of these walks: oaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes.
A bit lesser known track is the Hollyford Track, a hidden gem taking you through Hollyford Valley, before joining the Milford Road. It is for the most adventurous, as only 2000 people per year set out to explore this area.