Enjoy day walks on the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks


A number of fabulous day walks are located a short distance from Oreti River House. Whether you are a walker, hiker or tramper there is a track or trail that can offer you a memorable outdoor experience. Being able to come home to very comfortable lodgings after enjoying a remarkable walking adventure in this special part of New Zealand is one of the benefits of staying at Oreti River House.

Great Walks

Three of New Zealand's Great Walks are in the region - Milford Track, Kepler Track and the Routeburn Track. These Great Walks travel along many kilometers of paths which traverse mountains, river valleys and ridges. They pass through some of New Zealands magnificent southern wilderness regions and normally take between 3-5 days to complete. However a part of these Great Walks can be experienced as a day trip which gives an introductory taste of their spectacular scenery and unique flora and fauna. A number of different organisations offer day trips with naturalist guides or small sections of the tracks can be walked independently.

Day walks are offered for

Milford Track

  • Fiordland Water Taxi
  • Real Journeys
  • Trips and Tramps
  • Ultimate Hikes

Kepler Track

  • Fiordland Tours
  • Trips and Tramps

Routeburn Track

  • Glenorchy Base
  • Glenorchy Journeys
  • Guided Walks New Zealand
  • Info and Track
  • Trips and Tramps

Heritage Trails

Eight heritage trails have been developed to tell the story of Southland blending the majestic physical environment, the people, the culture and the rich history. These heritage trails, along with visiting museums around the region, are great way to explore and experience the heritage of the south. Maps and pamphlets giving details about these Trails are available in the House.

The Heritage Trails nearby to Oreti River House can be found for

  • Invercargill
  • Bluff
  • Winton
  • Takitimu
  • Northern Southland
  • Gore

Walks in surrounding Conservation Areas

The NZ Department of Conservation manages a large number of parks in the Southland region which have very interesting and picturesque walks. Maps showing walks are available for the nearby.

  • Snowdon Forest
  • Eyre Mountains Conservation Park
  • Mavora Lakes Park
  • Takitimu Mountains

Around the Mountains Cycle and Walking Trail

This cycle and walking track connects into Lumsden and can be used by pedestrians and cyclists to travel to Five Rivers or Mossburn. This trail is built on old railway easements offering low gradients away from vehicles on a nicely pounded grit pathway

Email us on bookings@lumsdenholidayhouses.co.nz for more information about walking trails in Southland.

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