Waitutu… the most important forest in the world

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Introduction to the Waitutu Track

A stream through Waitutu forest

A stream through Waitutu forest

The Waitutu is an ancient terraced forest rising out of the sea with each level 100,000 years older than the last. It is the largest piece of untouched native bush in New Zealand.

Follow the south coast, sweeping through bush and beach to the historic Port Craig Village, then walk along the old forest tramline and over a series of spectacular viaducts. Explore the stunning Waitutu forest with the option of heading inland by jet boat up the Wairaurahiri River and over mythical Lake Hauroko, where the remains of a Maori princess are said to rest in the clefts of a rock.

  • Follow the old south coast track forged long ago by early maori
  • Bush and beach trails
  • Across four giant wooden viaducts testament to an era past
  • David Bellamy called the Waitutu the most important forest in the world
  • A moderate level of fitness is required.

Guided Walk – 3 nights from $1,795

Stay in modern bush lodges and jet boat New Zealand’s “longest waterfall” from the southern ocean into the heart of Fiordland when you take a guided walk. The guided walk option includes accommodation in our premium room at Port Craig and Waitutu Lodge, hot showers, helipacking and sumptuous meals …. all those creature comforts available in modern back country huts.

For a detailed itinerary, options and complete list of what is included in your Waitutu Track Guided Walk click here.

Freedom Plus – 3 nights from $495

For the independent walker who would like everything organised. Includes backpacker accommodation in Tuatapere, Port Craig Village and Waitutu Lodge bunks, jet boat up Wairaurahiri River and track transport.

For a detailed itinerary and complete list of what is included in your Waitutu Track Freedom Plus walk click here.

Freedom Walk – 2 nights from $50

For the keen independent tramper with own transport. Includes two nights at Port Craig School and one night at Wairaurahiri Hut, both DOC huts. Walk in, walk out.
For a detailed itinerary and complete list of what is included in your Waitutu Track Freedom Walk click here.