Dramatic views over the South Coast
Image: Dawn Patterson | DOC

Introduction

Experience wild, dramatic mountain and coastal landscapes in the Waitutu/South Coast area, which includes Lake Hauroko, the Hump Ridge and South Coast Tracks.

Highlights

There are many activities you can enjoy in the Waitutu/South Coast area, including walking, tramping, boating, fishing, historic sites, guided activities, hunting, kayaking and more.

Sweeping coastal forest scenery - whether you are high up on the Hump Ridge, or walking along the coast, you will be treated to fantastic coastal and forest scenery in this area.

Wild, remote, adventure seeking - there is plenty of very exciting (and remote) backcountry beyond the Hump Ridge and first part of the South Coast Track for experienced trampers, hunters and recreational fishers.

Excellent boating on Lake Hauroko - you will find excellent boating, fishing and kayaking opportunities on Lake Hauroko, New Zealand’s deepest lake (462 m), whose lakebed reaches well below sea level. To Māori, Hauroko means “the soughing of the wind”, as the wind can create huge waves on the lake in a matter of minutes, funnelled by the steep surrounding hills. The lake is drained by the steepest river in New Zealand – the Wairaurahiri River. 

Wildlife spotting - you can sometimes see Hector’s dolphins, penguins (little and Fiordland Crested), New Zealand fur seals and whales along the coastline. Living in the vast, lowland podocarp forest are endangered long-tail bats and 25 species of native birds including kākā, mohua, New Zealand pigeons and parakeets. 

Rich history - visit the Port Craig School Hut heritage site for a glimpse into the rich Māori and early timber milling history of the area. Look around at the old wharf remains, walk on an historic viaduct (large wooden bridge over a gully) , or take a self guided nature walk. 

Find things to do and places to stay Tuatapere area

Contacts

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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