Fiordland alerts

Updated: 18 April 2014

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

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Fiordland National Park notes

Hut and campsite fees are payable for huts and campsites in Fiordland National Park.
Prime hunting season - please be aware of hunters

Trip intentions

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Great Walks 

Milford Track

Open, bookings required - fully booked until end of this season but check for cancellations on our website

Kepler Track

Open, bookings required - limited spaces available between 18 and 24 April

  • Limited water supply at Brod Bay campsite use water from the lake


Routeburn Track

Open, bookings required - limited spaces available between 18 and 29 April

Major tracks

Hump Ridge Track

  • Winter season
  • Prior booking for Okaka Lodge required
  • Percy Viaduct closed please use newly built track
  • Prior bookings required and can be made on the Hump Ridge Track website.

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

Manapouri Tracks

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

Hollyford Track

  • Good conditions

Dusky Track

  • Good conditions

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

Lake Monowai/ Borland

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

Day walks & other facilities

Milford/ Hollyford Road Area

  • Deer Flat Campsite open with reduced area and facilities - please don’t pass barrier
  • East Homer Nature Walk - Closed indefinitely due to existing rock fall and continued instability
  • Gertrude Saddle Route - Snow and ice maybe present at upper part of track

For up to date information on the Milford Road see the NZ Transport Agency website.

Mavora Lakes

  • 4wd track between Careys and Boundary hut very difficult and not recommended

Borland Road

  • Open

Weather Information

New Zealand weather patterns change rapidly. These changes will affect conditions on tracks and routes in Fiordland National Park. Always check the latest weather report on the Metservice website before you leave on your trip and be prepared to change your plans if conditions are unfavourable.

Fire restrictions

Restricted 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. Please view the Didymo Controls for Fiordland National Park information leaflet 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 hotline: 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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