Day Tramps in Fiordland   

Tramp Time Refs Photos Notes Start
Key Summit 3h return MS p.35 photos Easy climb to a viewpoint Divide
Marian Valley 3h return MS p.44 photos Easy track to a beautiful lake. Hollyford
Earl Mountains Various MS p.36 photos Three valleys: Hut Creek, Falls Creek; Mistake Creek. Homer road
Gertrude Saddle 5h return MS p.36 photos Interesting climb to saddle with fine views. Homer road
Tutoko Valley 8h return MS p.41 photos Valley walk; fine views. Milford Road
MS = Moir's Guide South 2007 (available from DOC).
All tramps start from the Te Anau to Milford Road.
Blue text and thumbnails are links

Key Summit

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Morning fog Morning fog Ailsa mountains

Marian Valley

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Lake Marian Marian Valley

Earl Mountains

See the
Earl Mountain page.

Gertrude Saddle

On a good day, the climb to the Gertrude saddle is quite popular, but the second part of the route is largely unmarked and crosses rock slabs above drops. For competent trampers only (see MS p.36 for more information).

From the Gertrude Valley carpark (about 2k before the Homer tunnel), follow orange markers up the valley, and then up slopes on the true-right of the stream from Black Lake. Cross this stream, and climb a track on scree to reach the slabs. Follow an obvious route across the slabs to near the top of the stream from Black Lake, where a fixed wire eases the climb to Black Lake. Climb easy slabs to the north of the lake outlet. When these steepen, follow the fixed wire to its end, and then sidle on slabs to reach a gulley leading to the Gertrude Saddle.

There are tarns and campsites near the saddle.

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McPherson Moir and Belle Milford Darrans
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Darrans Slabs Black Lake Wire

Tutoko Valley

A marked track leads up the Tutoko Valley to Leader Creek (4 hours one way). The first section, through the bush, is well-maintained. The track is boggy in places, but the views as you approach Leader Creek are spectacular.

The track starts just west of the bridge over the Tutoko River (about 3k from Milford; park either side of the bridge).

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From road Bush Bush Paranui Pk Tutoko shoulder Paranui Pk
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Paranui Pk Falls Leader Creek Leader Creek Mt Milne

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