2 day guided hike from Te Anau to Lake McIvor

Lake McIvor

2 day guided hike
departs Te Anau

Lake McIvor Overnight Camping

2 day walk - Remote camping/hiking


  • Departs: Te Anau on demand
  • Season: October to April
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 full days
  • Walking distance: Day One 4km, 3-4 hours, Day Two 6km 5-6 hours


  • Scenic Helicopter or float plane trip
  • Remote bush camping
  • Cooking over fire
  • Sleep in tents
  • Deer viewing
  • Rivers and moss forest
  • Lake Te Anau boat trip


  • Boat trip across Lake Te Anau
  • Scenic float plane or Helicopter (weather dependant)
  • Experienced & qualified guide
  • All meals (Day one lunch & dinner; Day Two breakfast & lunch)
  • Refreshments and snacks
  • Overnight camping (tents supplied – see further information)


DAY 1 Te Anau Township to Lake McIvor Duration: 3-4 hours Distance: approx 5km (3 miles)

The adventure begins with a stunning flight across Lake Te Anau and the Murchison ranges before we land on Lake McIvor itself. This is weather dependant, there is the option to Helicopter instead for an additional $50. Once the group is unloaded and the plane has left us alone in this remote, pristine environment, we commence our walk along the lake edge, through the native forest containing clusters of 1000+ year old beech trees and moss gardens.

The terrain is flat and easy walking all the way to our picturesque lunch spot which is approx 1.5 hours from where we started. Along the way your guide will point out the various flora and fauna that make this part of the world so special. After a delicious lunch we have a 2 hour walk through mainly Fiordland bush and alpine tussock following nothing but deer trails. This gives amazing opportunities to view deer in their own habitat. Our camping site is in a remote valley nestled on the shores of a pristine alpine lake surrounded by the Barrier Peaks. Here you can chose to swim in the lake or relax before we have a traditional kiwi bush tucker dinner.

After a scrumptious dinner we walk to an adjacent clearing approx 20 minutes away in the hope spotting a few deer and other wildlife including numerous native birds. On previous trips the exceptionally rare Takahe as well Kiwis, Moreporks and Wekas have all been seen around our campsite area. This is one of the only places you will have the opportunity to go to see Kiwi’s in their natural habitat as they are so endangered and have very few predator free environments in which to live.

DAY 2 Lakeside Campsite in the Barrier Peaks range to Lake Te Anau Duration: 5-6 hours Distance: approx 6km (3.7 miles)

After a sound night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we commence our descent through green, luscious, native bush, down towards Lake Te Anau. There are no marked tracks, it’s all deer trails following an underground river that has its’ source up at Lake McIvor. We break out of the bush and stop for lunch at a scenic waterfall overlooking the middle arm of Lake Te Anau and the Takahe reserve.

After lunch we continue our descent, enjoying glimpses of the surrounding mountains and deep blue lake all the way down. We arrive on a small beach on the far side of Lake Te Anau at approx 4pm. From here we relax before taking the scenic boat ride back to Te Anau Township.


Lake McIvor Map

Map showing where the trip to Lake McIvor goes to and from


Lake Mc Ivor Track Elevation

Lake Mc Ivor Track Elevation

Lake Mc Ivor detailed map

Lake Mc Ivor detailed map


What to bring for overnight hikes & camping trips

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – Some items we may be able to provide it to you, other items can be hired in Queenstown, please contact us for more informations 

  • Jacket/Coat – wind and waterproof with hood
  • Boots – sturdy, good fit, protected with dressing/polish
  • Treking pants/trousers
  • Tops/ shirts – quick drying sports or hiking tops are best.
    Avoid cotton as although cool in the summer, it can be cold when wet or sweaty
  • Thermals – long sleeved top and long johns (quick drying)
    The kiwi way is to wear them under shorts and they can double up as sleep wear/pajamas
  • Socks – 2-3 pairs
    Good pair of walking socks and a warm pair to wear in the evening round camp
  • Underwear
  • Warm hat, beanie or balaclava
    Even in summer the weather can turn cooler in the evenings
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Mid layer pullovers: fleece tops or polartec type are ideal (light and quick drying)
    Cotton hoodies are not as warm and heavy when wet
  • Shorts
  • Pack – with a waterproof liner such as the yellow “NZ Mountain Safety Council” pack liner.
    Pack should be light, strong, comfortable, 60-90 litres for overnight trips where you are carrying your own gear and able to carry up to one quarter of your weight.
  • Sleeping bag – good quality down or synthetic fibre.
  • Sleeping Mat – closed cell foam, or a self-inflating airbed.
  • Torch – small with spare bulb & batteries.
  • Drink Bottle
    We can normally fill up along the way in streams so 1 litre is normally sufficient
  • Toiletries/wash kit, toilet roll and any personal medication if required
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, lip balm and sunhatOPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS
  • Gaiters or Puttees – to keep out water and gravel
  • Over trousers – waterproof and windproof, essential if you get cold quickly
  • Comfortable lightweight shoes to wear round camp in the evenings
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Earplugs for light sleepers
  • Watch/ alarm clock
  • Travel wipes/ tissues
  • Swimwear
    The rivers/lakes are great to cool off in although spare underwear is often substituted
  • Blister plasters/band-aid or tape
    Although we do carry a first aid kit too
  • Camera, spare batteries and spare memory card
  • Water bottle
Adventure-Walks-Lake-McIvor-hiking-near-Te-Anau-New-Zealand-60 (Small)

Adventure-Walks-Lake-McIvor-hiking-near-Te-Anau-New-Zealand-60 (Small)

Exploring the clearings in the National Park with a guided hike

Exploring the clearings in the National Park with a guided hike

Sunrise over the Fiordland National Park Not far from Lake McIvor

Sunrise over the Fiordland National Park
Not far from Lake McIvor

Float Plane on Lake Te Anau that takes the guided walkers over the mountains to Lake McIvor nestled in the mountain range

Float Plane on Lake Te Anau that takes the guided walkers over the mountains to Lake McIvor nestled in the mountain range

Adventure Walks, Lake McIvor hiking near Te Anau New Zealand

Adventure Walks, Lake McIvor hiking near Te Anau New Zealand

Want to know more