Outrageous Escapism: Sutherland Falls, South Island, New Zealand
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08 June, 2020
Sutherland Falls, South Island, New Zealand
If you're looking to discover a real-life fairy-tale spectacle, it's time to ditch the latest novel and be mesmerised by the Sutherland Falls. Tumbling 580m from Lake Quill, an enchanting Ice-Age rock basin nestled high in the mountains, it ranks the world's tallest waterfalls.
The crest of the falls is typically reached by foot along the Milford Track, a 54km, four-day hike that requires a decent level of endurance, though you'll be rewarded with lungfuls of misty mountain air en route. If your heart races at the thought of strenuous exercise, or your itinerary doesn't afford the time, consider a helicopter ride instead; you'll enjoy all the scenic wonder, minus the sweat patches.
Where to stay
Hike between three pre-booked huts on the Milford Track: which you will hike between each day: Clinton Hut, Mintaro Hut and Dumpling Hut. To recharge with tranquil mountain views, stay at Te Anau Lodge.
What to pack
You won't be able to buy refreshments along the hike, so we recommend bringing the lightweight Halo Bottle to keep hydrated. Pick up a pair of these Leica Ultravid 8x20 BR binoculars so you don't miss a detail.
To avoid heavy rainfall, visit in the walking season from October through to April - though we can't guarantee you won't be caught up in a little New Zealand drizzle.
How to get there
As you'll be setting off from the southwest of South Island, we suggest you fly to Queenstown Airport. You'll want to pick up the two-hour bus journey to Te Anau, where you can catch a bus that takes you directly into Fiordland National Park.