Accommodation | Departure Dates | Getting There | Fitness Level | Prices

Dusky Track Guided Walk Itinerary

Dusky Track Map

Dusky Track Map, showing the route from Supper Cove in the Dusky Sound, to Lake Hauroko.

DAY 1: Arrive in Te Anau,

Arrive in Te Anau. Meet your fellow walkers and your guide around 4pm for a briefing and gear check. Accommodation provided in Te Anau.

We are happy to arrange shuttles to Te Anau from Queenstown and Invercargill.

DAY 2: Te Anau. Supper Cove, Loch Maree Hut

Walk 6 to 8 hours

Around 9am take a spectacular helicopter flight across the Southern Alps to Supper Cove. Follow an old track cut in 1903 as part of an ambitious road planned up the Seaforth to Lake Manapouri, but abandoned well before completion. Skirt around Loch Maree with trees poking eerily above the water…..if you can’t see them you may well be staying a second night at Loch Maree!

DAY 3: Loch Maree Hut, Lake Roe Hut

Walk 6 to 8 hours

Dusky Track Ladder

Dusky Track Ladder

Cross the mighty Seaforth River by suspended wire bridge then climb steeply out of the Seaforth Valley on to the Pleasant Range. In some places assisted by a chain “handrail”, you will be glad you are not walking down this part of the track!
Traversing along the tops of the Pleasant Range skirting a series of mountain lakes with spectacular views of Dusky Sound and the surrounding mountains arriving at Lake Roe Hut sited at the northern end of Lake Laffy on Furkert Pass.Set amongst massive granite outcrops Lake Roe is a short walk above the hut with stunning views of Mt Tamatea.

DAY 4: Lake Roe Hut

Spare day at Lake Roe Hut possibly climb Mt Tamatea

DAY 5: Lake Roe Hut, Halfway Hut

Walk 3 to 4 hours

Snow poles and mountain grasses guide us to the track entering the bushline, descending quite steeply at first then reasonably flat to Halfway Hut.

DAY 6: Halfway Hut, Hauroko Burn Hut, boat across Lake Hauroko, Te Anau

Walk 4 to 5 hours

Steady descent through lush bush to Hauroko Burn Hut nestled on the shores of Lake Hauroko. Catch the boat across Lake Hauroko the deepest lake in New Zealand ( 462 m ) , passing the remains of a Maori princess called the Princess of the Lake resting in the cleft of a rock on Mary Island. Drive to Tuatapere and shuttle to Te Anau.

Accommodation

On the trail we stay in public DOC huts. These range from 10 to 12 person huts with open design bunks. They have a fire, running cold water and outside toilets. You will be asked to carry your own sleeping bags, we have some light weight versions available for loan. We supply drops at several huts but you may be asked to assist with carrying some light food supplies and your own eating equipment.

Departure Dates

We will operate on request with a minimum of three people or for less than three a surcharge applies. We do not operate during the winter. Day 1 should be either a Wednesday or a Saturday. If you have a date in mind that fits in to your itinerary we urge you to let us know and we will see if we can get a “quorum” together.

Getting There

There are daily shuttles from Queenstown and Invercargill .
On the completion of your walk we can arrange a same day shuttle to Te Anau and Queenstown.
Shuttles to and from Te Anau are not included in the package. Feel free to contact us to help arrange transfers from other locations.

Fitness Level

A very high level of fitness is required. To enjoy your walk you need to be able to walk for 6 – 8 hours over 12 – 20km ( 8 – 13 miles ) of rough and sometimes mountainous terrain each day. The track is a mixture of natural tracks, steep descents and mud. Flooding and snow can occur at any time.

Prices

Your Guided Walk package includes 5 nights accommodation, all meals, helicopter ride from Te Anau to Supper Cove across the Southern Alps, boat trip across Lake Hauroko from the end of the track, concession and guiding fees, all equipment and maps. The trips are usually 2 – 4 people with a maximum of six.
The price per person is NZ$2 495 including GST. We do not recommend the track for children under 15. Prices are valid to 1 November 2015.