Knobs Flat

Visit Knobs Flat, Fiordland, NZ

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  • Knobs Flat is located in the Eglington Valley, within the Fiordland National Park, on the main road from Te Anau to Milford Sound. The peace and scenery of this “middle of nowhere” location are often enjoyed as a stop-over on the way to or from Milford Sound. 

    There are many bush walks in and around Knobs Flat, which are great for bird-watching, especially to catch sight of some of New Zealand’s rarest species, such as the blue duck.

    Nearby is Lake Matheson, often called “mirror lake” for the way its usually smooth surface shows reflected images of Southern Alps mountains, including New Zealand’s tallest, Mount Cook.

    Accommodation in Knobs Flat (NZ)

    There is limited accommodation at Knobs Flat, as tourism is still growing in this area.

    One accommodation provider has self-contained cabins to rent, and also campsites suitable for tents or campervans, with power, kitchen and washing facilities available.

    Visitors should bring their own food and essential supplies, as the nearest shops are at Te Anau.

    Transport around Knobs Flat

    Knobs Flat is about 15 minutes’ drive from Te Anau township, and a further 70 minutes’ drive from Milford Sound. Many bus tour operators stop at Knobs Flat for rest and refreshment on the way to Milford Sound.

    There is no local airfield and no locally-based taxi and bus services, as Knobs Flat is a small settlement.

     Rental car, motorhome and campervan are possibly the best way to reach Knobs Flat. Alternatively, mountain bikes can be hired from Te Anau.

    Tourist Activities around Knobs Flat

    Visitors to Knobs Flat enjoy the sense of remote isolation, staying in an unspoilt area of a national park, with its profusion of native bird life.

    The night sky is also noted for the many stars visible at this altitude in the absence of light pollution.

    The much-photographed “mirror lake” (Lake Matheson) is only a short drive or a day-return walk from Knobs Flat. The view over the lake to Mount Cook, with its mirror image reflected on the lake surface, is a classic New Zealand postcard scene – one that tempts many photographers.

    There are many bush walks around Knobs Flat, of shorter and longer duration. The Mirror Lake and Key Summit walks are most popular. It is also possible to connect with stretches of the famous Routeburn and Hollyford tracks.

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    Knobs Flat