Fiordland alerts

Updated: 19 December 2014

For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. However you should contact the local DOC visitor centre for the latest updates.

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Fiordland National Park notes

  • Check current weather and track conditions at Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre before you go

Great Walks (season 28 October - 29 April 2015)

  • Bookings are required - book online
  • Get your tickets and check the latest track and weather conditions at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre prior to departure

Milford Track - fully booked until the end of April but check website for cancellations

  • Adhere to 'No Stopping' avalanche sign
  • Potential for flooding exists, some streams may become impassable
  • Use the Emergency Track when descending the Arthur Valley side of MacKinnon Pass
  • Pest control operations took place on 21 October 2014 in the Clinton Valley (between Glade Wharf and Mackinnon Pass). Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice. This is part of Battle for our Birds predator control programme, protecting our native wildlife from a rodent and stoat invasion. Get information about this operation 

Kepler Track - spaces available

Routeburn Track - spaces available

  • Lower Routeburn track maintenance underway, walkers may experience some delays
  • Pest control operations were carried out on 31 August 2014 between Routeburn Shelter and Routeburn Falls Hut. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice. This is part of our Battle for our Birds predator control programme, protecting our native wildlife from a rodent and stoat invasion. Contact the Queenstown Visitor Centre for more information 

Major tracks

Hump Ridge Track

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Office
Phone: + 64 3 226 6739

Manapouri Tracks

  • Expect tree falls on the Circle track and Lake Rakatu track

Hollyford Track

  • 3 wire bridge has been washed out at Mt Webb near Hokuri Hut.The track is marked through the river. A temporary track is marked through the stream. In heavy rain this may become impassable
  • A big windfall on Little Homer Saddle, takes 20 minutes to get past
  • Pest control operation (part of Battle for our Birds) from the Pyke/Hollyford Junction to the Coast (lower Hollyford) took place on 5 November 2014. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice. This is part of predator control programme. Get information about this operation
  • Roving rangers present on the track for summer

Dusky Track

  • Expect tree falls and storm damage
  • Most of the annual maintenance has been completed. The section from West Arm to Upper Spey has not been completed yet

Pyke Big Bay Route

  • Martins Bay end of route - safe walking is 2 hr either side of high tide. Walk along coast to Long Reef to meet Martins Bay Hut track

George Sound Route

  • Expect windfalls and storm damage

Lake Monowai/ Borland

  • Some tree falls on all tracks

Day walks & other facilities

Milford/ Hollyford Road Area

  • Deer Flat Campsite open with reduced area and facilities
  • East Homer Nature Walk - CLOSED indefinitely due to existing rock fall and continued instability
  • Gertrude Saddle Route - Snow and ice conditions and avalanche hazard exists. Alpine equipment and high skill level are essential
  • Eglington Valley – Pest control operation (part of Battle for our Birds) took place on 12 December 2014. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice

Milford Road - conditions can change daily. Check the road status before leaving at the NZ Transport Agency website

Mavora Lakes

  • 4WD track between Careys and Boundary huts is very difficult and not recommended
  • No water at Boundary Hut, use nearby stream

Borland Road

  • Open

Waitutu Forest

Fire restriction

Open Fire season in Fiordland / Southland

Thank you for helping to protect our environment.

Didymo controls for Fiordland rivers

Biosecurity measures have been put in place for Fiordland National Park rivers to limit the spread of didymo, an introduced and invasive freshwater alga. Approved cleaning stations and control measures are operating. View didymo controls for Fiordland National Park which includes a map showing the control areas.

For further information about didymo and the control measures contact:

Report any hazards you see in the backcountry to the DOC conservation emergency hotline, phone 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


The Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm daily.

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
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