Fiordland alerts

Updated: 29 October 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.

On this page:

Fiordland National Park notes

  • Tree falls and storm damage are possible on all tracks

Great Walks 

  • Great Walk summer season now open, reservations required
  • Avalanche hazard may exist on all tracks (see notes below) Also see the Avalanche Centre website and Be avalanche alert in Fiordland
  • Check current snow and track conditions at Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre before you go

Milford Track

Open - reservations required. Fully booked until late April but check for cancellations at our website

  • Snow and ice may be present in the alpine section
  • Adhere to 'No Stopping' signs
  • 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

Avalanche advisory: Wednesday 29 October 2014

  • Seven mile slip to Pompolona: Low Avalanche danger
  • Pompolona to Mintaro: Moderate Avalanche danger. Observe no stopping restrictions
  • Mintaro to Mackinnon Pass: Low Avalanche danger
  • Mackinnon Pass to bottom of Emergency track: Low Avalanche danger. Descend the Pass on the Emergency track
  • Sutherland Falls Track: Nil
  • Dumpling to Steep Hill: Low Avalanche danger
  • Comments: Emergency track is still in use for descent from Mackinnon Pass. Snow showers and cold strong winds likely today 

Kepler Track

Open - reservations required, spaces available

  • Snow and ice may be present in the alpine section
  • Pest control operations in Iris Burn Valley took place on 25 August 2014. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice. This is part of Battle for our Birds predator control programme. Get information about this operation.

Avalanche advisory: Wednesday 29 October 2014

  • Luxmore Hut to Forest Burn Shelter: Low Avalanche danger. Snow on the track likely
  • Forest Burn Shelter to Hanging Valley Shelter: Low Avalanche danger. Snow on the track likely
  • Hanging Valley Shelter to Bushline: Low Avalanche danger. Snow on the track likely
  • Comments: Snow showers and cold strong winds likely today 

Routeburn Track

Open - reservations required, spaces available

  • Snow and ice may be present in the alpine section
  • Avalanche prone bridges are removed - potential for flooding exists, some streams may become impassable
  • 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.

Avalanche advisory: Wednesday 29 October 2014

  • Howden to Mackenzie: Nil
  • Mackenzie to Ocean Peak Corner: Low Avalanche danger 
  • Ocean Peak Corner to Harris Saddle Shelter: Low Avalanche danger. Expect snow on the track over Harris Saddle
  • Conical Hill: CLOSED due to snow and icy conditions
  • Harris Saddle Shelter to Lake Harris Outlet: Low Avalanche danger. Expect snow on the track over Harris Saddle
  • Lake Harris Outlet to Routeburn Falls Hut: Nil
  • Comments: Snow showers and cold strong winds likely today 

Major tracks

Hump Ridge Track

Official summer season track opening 6 November - reservations required

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Office
Phone: + 64 3 226 6739
Email: info@humpridgetrack.co.nz 

Manapouri Tracks

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

Hollyford Track

  • Aerial pest control operation from the Pyke/Hollyford Junction to the Coast (lower Hollyford) is on standby and weather dependent. Expect track closure on the day of operation. This is part of Battle for our Birds predator control programme. Get information about this operation
  • Expect many tree falls and longer walking times
  • Annual maintenance planned for November 

Dusky Track

  • Expect tree falls
  • Snow conditions, avalanche hazard possible on high passes

Pyke Big Bay Route

  • Martins Bay end of route can be affected by high tide. Walkers need to walk along the coast to Long Reef to meet the track to Martins Bay. Safe walking times are 2 hours either side of high tide

George Sound Route

  • Expect windfalls and storm damage
  • Snow conditions, avalanche hazard possible on high passes

Teal Bay to Lake Poteriteri Hut Route

  • Rata burn three wire bridge closed for repairs 9 - 31 October

Lake Monowai/ Borland

  • Some tree falls on the track

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

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

Mavora Lakes

  • 4WD track between Careys and Boundary huts is very difficult and not recommended
  • Water at huts and campsite is turned off - use lake water

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).


Related links

 

Find out more

Weather

Maps

DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

Learn more

Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Walking track categories

Safety

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

Contacts

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
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Give feedback on a recent visit to a DOC place