Lake Hauroko Lookout Track

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This steep tramping track climbs from the edge of Lake Hauroko to a lookout with great views over the lake and nearby mountain ranges.

Track overview

2.9 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

4 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This is a tramping track that is steep and rough, but well worth the effort.

The track near the jetty follows along the lake edge before climbing steeply to the lookout.

On a clear day there are stunning views of Lake Hauroko, Foveaux Strait to the south, the Takitimu Mountains to the east, and the Princess and Kaherekoau Mountains in the northwest.

Getting there

This track starts and ends at Lake Hauroko in Fiordland, Southland.

To get to Lake Hauroko from Tuatapere, head north towards Clifden (12 km, 10 min), and turn west along the Lillburn Valley Road to Lake Hauroko (about 36 km to the carpark, 20 km of which is unsealed road).

Know before you go

This is a tramping track so you will need good fitness and moderate to high level backcountry (remote areas) skills and experience, including navigation and survival skills.


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