Amazing reflections on the Milford Sound Foreshore on a calm day

Top 5 Instagrammable Places in Fiordland

2 Apr 2019

Traveling to New Zealand is a trek for most people. As one of the most isolated countries in the world, we know it takes some effort to get to our far-flung shores.

And it takes even more effort to make your way to remote Fiordland in the South Island, to what feels like the edge of the world– an otherworldly, natural wonderland that time forgot. But once you finally make the pilgrimage to Fiordland, a journey of this significance will stay with you for a lifetime. Full of jaw dropping, eye popping, like nothing you’ve ever imagined before scenes and surrounds that blur the lines between reality and your dreams.

So, here’s our top 5 Instagrammable hotspots in Fiordland to make sure you’ll always remember that one time in Fiordland...with photos to prove it.


1. Mitre Peak

Considered by some as the 8th wonder of the world, Mitre Peak, or Rahotu in Māori, is an iconic mountain located on the shore of Milford Sound and is one of the most photographed peaks in New Zealand. Captured at any time of the day, and in any weather, it is an amazing site, but sunset is one of best!

Mitre Peak, Fiordland, Trips and Tramps

Mitre Peak looking beautiful in the golden light . Photo credit: Exploring New Zealand

Mitre Peak looking beautiful in the golden light . Photo credit: Exploring New Zealand


2. Gertrude Saddle (not for the faint hearted!)

Just imagine waking up to this. Gertrude Saddle is an unmarked route that require alpine and navigation skills – so if you don’t have this experience a private guide for the day is the best option for you. A good level of fitness is required however for this 4-6 hour return tramp and not recommended during wet weather. Be prepared for a challenge and a scramble, but the pristine waterfalls, majestic lakes and panoramic views are worth it if it’s your thing!


Explore Fiordland, New Zealand with Trips and Tramps

With scenery like this it is impossible not to get a good shot. Photo credit: NZ Tramper

With scenery like this it is impossible not to get a good shot. Photo credit: NZ Tramper

3. Lake Marian

A picturesque suspension bridge, lush native forest and cascading waterfalls – it’s all part of the journey to this stunning gem. But keep in mind that the track to Lake Marian is not ideal during wet conditions as some areas are very slippery – you must also take caution to follow orange markers to guide you as some sections are not marked. If you prefer, you can book in a guided walk with us to Lake Marian – complete with local insight to the heritage of Fiordland, hot drinks and snacks for a wilderness tea break.

Lake Marian, Fiordland with Trips and Tramps

The still of the lake makes the perfect reflection photo opportunity. Photo credit: Brian Le Dantec

4. Te Anau Wharf

Te Anau Wharf is like stepping into a storybook painting. All year round, this picture-perfect spot captures the beautiful change of seasons in Fiordland. The variations of light, the reflections against the water – it’s a quiet moment to take in the beauty of everything around you. The deepest lake in the South Island, Lake Te Anau’s serene waters reaches a depth of 417 metres.

Lake Te Anau, Fiordland with Trips and Tramps

Winter is the perfect time to visit Te Anau. Photo credit: The Little Brave


5. Routeburn Track

As one of New Zealand’s Great Walks the Routeburn Track’s complete length is 32 kilometres but is also perfect for a day hike with options for you to walk independently or as a guided walk. You’ll stand before huge glacier carved valleys, unique alpine vistas and moss-draped rainforests full of native bird life. Often considered as one of the world’s most magnificent hikes, you’ll be in complete awe of the majesty of it all, behind or in front of the lens.

Explore the Routeburn Track, New Zealand with Trips and Tramps

Moody Routeburn creates some incredible images. Photo credit: Douglas Thorne

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