This challenging tramping route travels through remote southern Fiordland forested valleys between Lake Hauroko and Lake Poteriteri.

Track overview

14.5 km one way

Walking and tramping

10 hr Expert: Route

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This challenging tramping route heads from Teal Bay Hut along the shore of Lake Hauroko to a three-wire swing bridge across the Wairaurahiri River.

It then continues downstream on the true right of the river, before reaching the Rata Burn three-wire swing bridge.

The next 11 km of this route to Lake Poteriteri Hut is unbridged and care should be taken as the streams can rise rapidly after rain.

From here, trampers may choose to travel unmarked terrain to Slaughterburn and Waitutu huts (see Moir’s Guide South for more detail).

Getting there

This track starts from Teal Bay Hut at the southern end of Lake Hauroko, or from the start of the South Coast Track, at Rarakau carpark.

To get to Teal Bay Hut from Lake Hauroko, see Lake Hauroko to Teal Bay Hut Track.

To get to Teal Bay Hut from Te Waewae Bay, see Teal Bay to South Coast Track.

Know before you go

This is a challenging route so you will need above average fitness and 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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