Key Summit, the best Fiordland day walk?

Key Summit on the renowned Routeburn Track (a New Zealand Great Walk), is arguably the best day walk in Fiordland.

Breathtaking, in all senses of the word! Key Summit, on the world renowned Routeburn Track is the best day walk in Fiordland. Combining stunning rainforest, alpine scenery and panoramic mountain views this walk has it all. En route to Milford Sound, it is suitable for all ages and abilities and is a must do if you like walking and nature!


During the climb, take the opportunity to take a closer look at the fauna and flora. If you are on a guided option, the local, knowledgeable Trips & Tramps guide has lots of natural and human heritage stories to share, so you can get a deeper appreciation and understanding. The steady climb gains an elevation of 400 metres, and near the top after a series of zig zags, walkers emerge from the forest into the alpine environment. Greeted by panoramic views of high snowy peaks, alpine lakes, and deep bush clad valleys, the sight is simply spectacular.


Words fail to describe the natural beauty and panoramic views, take time to enjoy the majestic views and breathe the pure air. It is hard to imagine such places exist, and such a contrast to the busy towns and urban lives we leave.When your camera space is full and senses exhausted, it is time to retrace your steps back to the Divide Shelter, and the end of the walk.


Allow a minimum of 2.5 hours walking time, or enjoy a full day, including transport from Te Anau, to really explore and discover Fiordland at its best. 


Trips & Tramps offers a guided day walk option, or you can combine it with a trip to Milford Sound, including a boat cruise, on our Coach, Cruise and Walk small group tour. The walk can also be achieved independently, see the  Department of Conservation for more information.

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