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Dusky Track Freedom Plus Itinerary

Dusky Track Map

Dusky Track Map

DAY 1: Arrive in Te Anau

Check in to Lakefront Backpackers in Te Anau. Wander along the road to the Department of Conservation office to check the weather for the next few days and sign the intentions book.

DAY 2: Shuttle to Clifden corner, boat across Lake Hauroko, Halfway Hut

Walk 5 – 6 hours

Track Transport departs Te Anau on Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30am for Clifden to meet the boat to Lake Hauroko. 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. Steady walk up the Hauroko Burn to Halfway Hut.

DAY 3: Halfway Hut, Lake Roe Hut.

Dusky Track Ladder

Dusky Track Ladder

Walk 3 – 5 hours

The track is reasonably flat for the first two hours then climbs steeply to above the bushline. Snow poles and mountain grasses guide you to Lake Roe Hut (12 bunks), 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, Loch Maree Hut

Walk 5 – 7 hours

Traversing along the tops of the Pleasant Range skirting a series of mountain lakes with spectacular views of Dusky Sound and the surrounding mountains. Then plunging down in to the Seaforth valley and Loch Maree Hut

DAY 5: Loch Maree, Supper Cove Hut

Walk 6 – 8 hours

Skirting around Loch Maree with trees poking eerily above the water…..if you can’t see them you are probably staying another day at Loch Maree! Then 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. Supper Cove Hut (12 bunks ) is situated on the edge of Dusky Sound.

DAY 6: Supper Cove, Loch Maree Hut

Walk 6 – 8 hours

Return trip to Supper Cove, you have done this one before so you know what to expect!

DAY 7: Loch Maree, Kintail Hut

Walk 6 – 8 hours

Relatively easy going although a few deep gorges can prove challenging and wet after heavy rains.

DAY 8: Kintail, Upper Spey

Walk 5 – 7 hours

Steep climb up Centre Pass with some spectacular views of Seaforth Valley, Gair Loch and Tripod Hill. On Centre pass walk through alpine shrubland and tussockland. If it is a fine day we recommend the side trip ( 2 hours return ) to Mt. Memphis.

DAY 9: Upper Spey, West Arm of Lake Manapouri, Te Anau

Walk 4 – 5 hours

F0llow the Spey river to the track end and the West Arm of Lake Manapouri. Catch the boat ( 3 to 5 a day depending on time of year ) to Manapouri and the completion of your epic trip.


In Te Anau stay at the Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers.
On the trail you 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 need to carry your own sleeping bags, cooking and eating equipment and food. We strongly recommend you carry a mountain radio and or a personal locator beacon.

Departure Dates

You can walk the track from November to April. Flooding and snow can occur at any time. “Day 1” or the first night in Te Anau must be either a Sunday or a Wednesday. You depart Te Anau at 7.30am on “Day 2”.

Getting There

Te Anau has daily shuttle services from Queenstown and Invercargill. We are happy to help with transport arrangements.

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.


Your Freedom Plus package includes 8 nights accommodation, track transport from Te Anau to Lake Hauroko, boat trip across Lake Hauroko to Hauroko Burn Hut and from the West Arm of Lake Manapouri to Manapouri township, bus from Manapouri to Te Anau.

The price per person is NZ$495 including GST. We do not recommend the track for children under 15. Prices are valid to 1 November 2015.