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Experience wild Fiordland on one of our best short walks - wander through red beech forest, enjoying glimpses of the birdlife of the Eglinton valley, Lake Gunn and the surrounding mountains. It's a good option for children.

This short loop takes you through a tranquil beech forest with many trees covered in moss and great views of Lake Gunn and the surrounding mountains. This area also has many tomtits, riflemen and other forest birds.

A short side path takes you out onto a stony beach. From here you get a good view of the mountains that surround Lake Gunn.

The walk is very popular throughout the year but isn’t as busy in the colder months. The track is near the popular Cascade Creek Campsite.

The walk begins from Cascade Creek carpark on Milford Road. The carpark is about 78 km from Te Anau.

The Eglinton valley is a stronghold for New Zealand’s native birds: South Island robin/kakaruai, kākā, yellowhead/mohua as well as short-tailed bats and long-tailed bats.

Photo: Shellie Evans Photography (external link)

What does the venue say?

Wheelchair accessible 45 minute loop track, through red beech forest and birdlife. Signposted about 71 km north of Te Anau.


  • Free attraction
  • Nature
  • Recreation and leisure

Accessible features

  • Accessible walkways
  • Wheelchair access

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