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Milford swing bridge guide

==the cj way++

The CJ way Guide to Lake Rotoiti Jetty


Beautiful swing bridge above crystal clear water

Fiordland National Park

1 minute walk from parking (gravel road but 2WD accessible)



Best time to visit: mid to late morning



  • Coordinates for parking: -44.700921, 168.123294

  • Park at the coordinates listed above (room for 4-5 cars) and walk 1 minute across the road to the swing bridge. The road out here (starting at the Lake Marian car park) is unsealed but in good condition and definitely 2WD accessible.

 best time to visit? 

  • Mid morning to ensure the water is a bright aqua colour but not too close to the middle of the day that the shadows are too harsh.

 cj travel tips 

  • Tie this in with a visit to Humboldt falls which is only 1km down the road.

  • Wear a colour that will make you stand out – Char opted for a bright red dress!

 cj photography tips 

  • In post processing, we de-saturated and darkened our green and yellows to make the water colour really stand out.

  • You will want your wide angle lens here to capture more of the water. We thought portrait orientation would make for a better composition, but wanted the water colour to be the feature of the image so shot in landscape.

 what we found useful to pack 

​In addition to the usuals (camera gear, suitable clothing, water and food, first aid, etc. we found the following items useful:

  • Insect repellent for those devil sandflies!

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