Lake Hauroko Tours have been operating commercial transport to the Dusky Track & tours on Lake Hauroko since 1980. We are keen to share with you our vast knowledge & experience of the Southwest corner of New Zealand.

Tuatapere is a small pioneering town built alongside the mighty Waiau River. Situated not far from the rugged Southwest coast, Tuatapere offers the gateway to Southwest Fiordland, Lake Hauroko & the Dusky Track.

Lake Hauroko is the deepest known lake in New Zealand. It is completely natural with no man made interference, and is a spectacular start to the Dusky Track.

Lake Hauroko Tours operates a scheduled boat service to and from the Lake Hauroko end of the Dusky Track on Mondays & Thursdays from the begining of November to the end of April. Other days are available by arrangement.

Lake Hauroko Tours picks up from Clifden and meets all connections from Te Anau or Invercargill.


2016 - 2017 Start of Season Track Report

Hi Joyce,

We just got back from our hike, Thank you again for the charter in, it was amazing.

Just wanted to up date you with a bit of track info. The trail is well marked but incredibly tough; a tangle of roots, deep mud, slippery rocks and steep climbs and descents.

There was a lot of trees down over the track. Particularly between supper cove and West arm. One between supper cove and loch marree was very dangerous, on a cliffs edge, trampers need to tread very carefully. I'll email the doc because I think it needs removing to be safe.

One of the hardest walks I've ever done but worth every minute, spectacular!

Thanks again Joyce, it was lovely meeting you.


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1st Dusky Track report 2017

I wanted to let you know about my experience of the Dusky Track - wow very tough! Partly due to the physical nature of the track which is sometimes more like rock climbing than hiking, but also because of the weather we got varying degrees of rain for 8 days and over a metre of fresh snow for Centre Pass on day 6.

The track is mostly well-marked but there are lots of blow-downs and eroded track along the river banks to negotiate (particularly on the first and last day). Also the reports of knee-deep mud and waist high river crossings are no exaggeration and are encountered everyday.  One of the wire bridges (just after Kintail Hut) heading to Lake Manapouri has obviously been hit by a large log because one side is not stable - I've emailed DOC and it's noted in the Hut books. Also with the fresh snow the 7.5k from Kintail Hut to Upper Sprey took us 9 hours. Certainly a memorable hike!