Fiordland alerts

Updated: 25 July 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

  • Tree falls are possible on all tracks
  • Snow conditions exist above the treeline, avalanche hazard may exist

Great Walks 

  • Avalanche hazard may exist 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 - no reservations. Beds/campsites on first come basis, walkers must be fully self sufficient
  • Bookings for the 2014/15 summer season are now open

Milford Track 

  • Winter facilities - no gas stoves, radio, hut rangers, running water, or flushing toilets
  • 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 

  • Winter facilities - no gas stoves, radio, hut rangers, running water, or flushing toilets
  • Snow and ice is present in the alpine section - alpine equipment and skills required
  • There are some tree falls between Control Gates (Kepler Carpark) and Rainbow Reach, and near Iris Burn Hut (does not affect staying at the hut)
  • Volunteer hut rangers are at Luxmore Hut all winter

Routeburn Track

  • Winter facilities - no gas stoves, radio, hut rangers, running water, or flushing toilets
  • 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.

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

  • Expect possible tree falls

Dusky Track

  • Expect tree falls
  • Snow conditions are 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 are 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 is present, 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

Wilmot Pass Road

The road is now open. Work is continuing Monday-Friday, and delays are possible.

For further enquiries contact Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre or Real Journeys Manapouri +64 3 249 6602

Waitutu Forest

Pest control operations in Waitutu Forest are scheduled to start in the first fine weather break after 1 August 2014. Get information about the operation

This operation 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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