Fiordland alerts

Updated: 19 September 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

  • Expect tree falls and winter storm damage on all tracks
  • Snow conditions exist above the treeline

Great Walks 

  • Avalanche hazard exists on all tracks. See Be avalanche alert in Fiordland
  • Check current snow and track conditions at Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre before you go
  • Winter walking season - There is no booking system in place, facilities are reduced (no gas for cooking, water supply might be limited, no DOC rangers or access to emergency radio facilities) and there are additional safety hazards to consider.
  • Bookings for the 2014/15 summer season are now open

Milford Track 

  • Snow and ice is present in the alpine section - alpine equipment and skills required
  • Avalanche prone bridges are removed - potential for flooding exists, some streams may become impassable
  • Use the Emergency Track when descending the Arthur Valley side of MacKinnon Pass

Kepler Track 

  • Snow and ice is present in the alpine section - alpine equipment and skills required
  • Volunteer hut rangers are at Luxmore Hut all winter
  • 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, protecting our native wildlife from a rodent and stoat invasion. Get information about this operation

Routeburn Track

  • The Routeburn Track will be closed in early October at Emily Bridge between Routeburn Falls and Routeburn Flats huts for up to three days due to urgent bridge maintenance. No alternative track is available. Exact dates are to be confirmed.
  • Snow and ice is present in the alpine section - alpine equipment and skills required
  • 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.
  • Upper North Branch, Routeburn (not part of the Great Walk) - Track will remain closed due to pest control operations until it is inspected by DOC staff once avalanche conditions permit.

Major tracks

Hump Ridge Track

  • Winter walking season
  • Prior booking for Okaka Lodge required and can be made on the Hump Ridge Track website
  • Percy Viaduct closed, use new bypass track

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

  • Pest control in the Lower Hollyford area From 22 September 2014 onward DOC intends to apply cereal baits containing 1080 to control rats and possums for the protection of forest ecosystems as part of our Battle for our Birds programme.
    The treatment area is approximately 19,617 ha – encompassing the lower half of the Hollyford Valley from the Pyke Junction to the Coast (lower Hollyford). It also includes the lowerpart of the Kaipo River and some private land in the Lake McKerrow/Martins Bay area. Get more information and a map.
    Contact the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre for more information.
  • Expect many tree falls and longer walking times

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

Lake Monowai/ Borland

  • Expect excessive tree falls and longer travel times on all the tracks

Day walks & other facilities

Milford/ Hollyford Road Area

  • Deer Flat Campsite open with reduced area and facilities - please do not pass barrier
  • 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

  • Closed due to snow

Waitutu Forest

Pest control operations in Waitutu Forest took place on 23-24 August 2014. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice.
Thicket Burn campsite is closed until further notice.
Get information about the operation. This is part of Battle for our Birds predator control programme, protecting our native wildlife from a rodent and stoat invasion.

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:

Please 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

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
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