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.

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2018 - 2019 - Start of Season Track Report

Hi Joyce and Johan,

Thanks for the drop off on the first trip in for the summer! The track is in fine condition, windfalls, mud, bog, steep ascents, descents and tangled tree roots. Well marked. An enjoyable physical challenge, there are some sections where you'll only cover 1km per hour regardless of fitness levels!

It took 3 days to complete going at a pretty easy pace. Easy to follow orange markers, you can't get lost on this track.

See you again!

Cheers Duncan

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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! 

Deborah