When staying in Te Anau, there are various walking routes and tracks throughout the Fiordland National Park. One of the most spectacular of these walks is The Chasm Walk, which is a short route with impressive sights. It is also one of the most popular walks in the area because it is easily accessible from the road, is easy enough for any ability to complete, and takes just 20 minutes.
Getting To The Chasm Walk
The Chasm Walk is easy to reach from anywhere in the area, and the entrance to the walk is just along The Milford Road. On the way to the walk you can take in the stunning mountain views on Milford Road, and you will soon spot the entrance which has information boards before you set off. As the walk is just 400m and takes just 20 minutes, there is no need for proper hiking equipment or preparation, and it is a walk that kids and adults will all love.
Through The Rainforest
The beginning of The Chasm Walk heads through an enchanting rainforest. Wonderful wildlife and nature are in an abundance in the area, with moss clung to almost every surface and ferns filling the forest floor. After a short wander through the rainforest, you will reach two short bridges crossing the cascading streams. These streams are just a build up to the beautiful waterfalls you will soon be exploring further along The Chasm Walk. After these bridges, you will come to a fork in the road. It doesn’t matter which direction you choose as the route is a loop and will take you back to this starting point.
Once you reach The Chasm itself, you will see a long bridge stretching across. The Chasm is a deep formation that is representative of a canyon with smooth rock faces and potholes. It was created by hard rock that has been washed down the mountains by the flood water of the Cleddau River.
From this bridge, you can experience everything The Chasm has to offer, including vegetation that is trying to grow nearby but being blown around by the wind from the waterfalls. You can take in thousands of years of powerful, swirling water that has sculpted beautiful shapes into the rocks.Back to Local Insights Page