This challenging tramping route leads up the Tutoko river valley through beech forest and open flats under impressive Fiordland mountain peaks.

Track overview

4 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

5 hr Expert: Route

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This is a challenging tramping route. From the Tutoko River bridge carpark on the Milford Road, follow the marked track up the true right of the river to a swamp and open clearings that may be reached in about 2 hours. Return the same way.

This valley sits just below some very impressive mountains, in particular Mt Tūtoko (2745 m).

Getting there

The route begins from the Milford Road, Fiordland.

The Tutoko River bridge carpark is only a few minutes drive from Milford Sound, and about 114 km along the Milford Road from Te Anau.

Know before you go

This is a 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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