The area can be approached from two directions.
If you are keen to explore a secluded Fiordland valley, packed with impenetrable rain forest and flanked by precipitous cliffs, then the low route from the Hollyford River up Moraine Creek would suit ambitious hikers. The route ascends steeply from the river through pristine bush up to open flats before a final climb up to the top of the remnant moraine wall of past glaciation to look down on Lake Adelaide and the cirque headwall beyond. Sleep under the shelter of bivi rocks, in tents or under the stars.
For those with mountaineering aspirations, the challenging high route that leaves the beautiful but well-trodden Gertrude Valley route at the saddle, traversing over the summit of Barrier Knob and descending to the Adelaide Cirque, will prove extremely satisfying. This varied route requires the use of crampons and ice axe to ascend Barrier Knob and ropes to safely navigate the infamous Giffords Crack leading down from Adelaide Saddle. Lake South America provides a refreshing dip in crystal clear mountain water, well deserved after a long hard day. A short distance further on, through the dense alpine scrub, is the first of the massive bivi rocks, Gills Biv. There is space enough for a large party and (luckily for Fiordland) it can keep you dry in any weather. This luxurious location has been used as a home-away-from-home for trampers and rock climbers since the area was first discovered. Time on the Fiordland tops rewards you with views out to the waters of Milford Sound and the rugged Fiordland coast to the summits of Tutoko, Tititea / Mount Aspiring and Pikirakatahi / Mount Earnslaw.