Holidays in Mitre Peak

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Mitre Peak showing mountains, a pebble beach and a bay or harbour

With a position looming over the famous Milford Sound, it’s no wonder this towering summit of the Fiordland mountain is among the most photographed sites in the country.

Overlooking the fiords of Fiordland National Park is the iconic Mitre Peak. At just 1,690 metres (5545 feet) high it’s far from the tallest peak in New Zealand but its distinctive shape and its phenomenal surroundings make it one of the most recognisable. With a gruelling climb through dense forest and a technical accent of the final ridge, summiting Mitre Peak is reserved for experienced climbers but is possible for those ready for the challenge. For the less adventurous visitor Mitre Peak can be seen in all its glory aboard a comfortable 2-hour boat cruise on Milford Sound.

Mitre Peak’s English name comes from its resemblance to a mitre hat, as worn by Christian bishops. The Maori name for the peak is Rahotu. Those tempted by its lofty heights and the opportunity to see Milford Sound from above can pick up detailed hiking information and guidance from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau.

Chartered boat tours on Milford Sound offer a great alternative, and even a complementary perspective, to climbing Mitre Peak. Hear stories of the first attempt to summit the peak from the comfort of the boat. In 1883, Samuel Moreton and Donald Sutherland set out to climb the mountain without a coat and only a biscuit each for supplies. Needless to say they returned to its base shortly after and it wasn’t until 1911 that the mountain was finally conquered.

Capture photographs of the mountain’s unusual shape from the sound. Look for the diverse wildlife, including penguins, whales and dolphins, as you cruise across the glassy water. Tours of Milford Sound will also pass the two permanent waterfalls, Lady Bowen and Stirling Falls, that cascade into the sound.

Mitre Peak is located within the Fiordlands National Park. The nearest town is Te Anau, 118 kilometres (73 miles) from Milford Sound, where you’ll find tour operators and the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. Reservations and booking fees apply to visit Milford Sound by boat.

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18 Cheap Hotels Near Mitre Peak

Kinloch Wilderness Retreat
Kinloch Wilderness Retreat
4 out of 5
862 Kinloch Road, Kinloch
The price is AU$105 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Situated on the waterfront, this eco-friendly hostel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lake Wakatipu and 10.7 mi (17.2 km) from Routeburn Shelter.
4/5 Very Good! (71 reviews)
"Comfortable stay at Kinloch Lodge in a 4 person dorm. Had a nice kitchen and lounge. Good wifi. There is a restaurant at the lodge however really not much else in Kinloch from what I could tell. It is however a budget location close to a lot of hiking if you don't want to camp."

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Kinloch Wilderness Retreat
Fiordland Discovery
Fiordland Discovery
4 out of 5
Berth 5, Milford Wharf, Milford Sound
This vessel pulls anchor and sets sail from Milford Sound for at least part of your stay.
4.7/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"This was easily the highlight of a trip full of highlights. The staff was incredible, made us feel like royalty. The food was top notch, and the boat was breathtaking. Our original trip to Milford Sound had to be moved to Doubtful Sound due to a road outage. The owners went above and beyond to make ..."

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

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Fiordland Discovery
EcoScapes
EcoScapes
4.5 out of 5
RD1, 876 Kinloch Road, Kinloch
The price is AU$417 per night from 12 Nov. to 12 Nov.
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury lodge is 10.6 mi (17.1 km) from Routeburn Shelter, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Glenorchy Golf Club and Glenorchy Waterfront ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
"We couldn’t fault ecoescapes. We had the most relaxing stay in the most devine setting and accommodation. Highly recommend for those needing to get away from the busyness of life and relax. Such a special part of the world. Thank you Toni and John for making our trip so wonderful. We will be back ..."

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2021

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Kinloch Wilderness Retreat
Kinloch Wilderness Retreat
4 out of 5
862 Kinloch Road, Kinloch
The price is AU$105 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Kinloch Wilderness Retreat
Fiordland Discovery
Fiordland Discovery
4 out of 5
Berth 5, Milford Wharf, Milford Sound
Fiordland Discovery
EcoScapes
EcoScapes
4.5 out of 5
RD1, 876 Kinloch Road, Kinloch
The price is AU$417 per night from 12 Nov. to 12 Nov.
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Heritage Lodge at Kinloch Lodge
Heritage Lodge at Kinloch Lodge
3.5 out of 5
862 Kinloch Rd, RD1, Kinloch
Heritage Lodge at Kinloch Lodge
Glenorchy Peaks B&B
Glenorchy Peaks B&B
3.5 out of 5
5 Amphion Way, Glenorchy
Glenorchy Peaks B&B
Glenorchy Lake House
Glenorchy Lake House
4.5 out of 5
13 Mull Street, Glenorchy
The price is AU$283 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Glenorchy Lake House
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay
5 out of 5
Glenorchy Road, Glenorchy
The price is AU$2,141 per night from 4 Nov. to 4 Nov.
Blanket Bay
Caberfeidh Retreat .Hunting , Fishing and Tramping
Caberfeidh Retreat .Hunting , Fishing and Tramping
12 Grove Street, Glenorchy, Glenorchy, Otago
Caberfeidh Retreat .Hunting , Fishing and Tramping
1 bedroom in Glenorchy
1 bedroom in Glenorchy
8 Invincible Drive, Glenorchy, Otago
The price is AU$222 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
1 bedroom in Glenorchy
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