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Fiordland New Zealand

  • Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre (map)

17 nights exploring Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks in New Zealand.

This adventure will suit a small number of very fit and very experienced long distance hikers who know each other and hike well together. Participants need equipment, skills, knowledge and experience to undertake a long pack hike, particularly the Dusky Track section known for remote and challenging terrain.

The reward will include spending time in these spectacular wild places, including incredible views atop the Pleasant Range and  Mt Memphis, and relaxing at Dusky Sound after the difficult slog to get there. The Routeburn/Caples loop will be an awesome warm up! Camping beside Lake Mackenzie and looking out over Lake Harris from Conical Hill sure to be experiences that stay with you long after the trip.

There will be plenty of challenges too, with long sections of the Dusky Track resembling an endurance course rather than hiking trail. Expect deep sloppy mud, huge climbs and descents and deep water crossings. There are 21 three-wire bridge crossings on the Dusky Track and the weather can turn from glorious sunshine to thumping rain in minutes. A mix of awesome natural beauty and grinding determination, this promises to be a memorable trip where you can anticipate hiking about 160 kilometers.

Here’s an overview of the trip plan. A detailed itinerary is available: 
24 Dec - Fly to Queenstown and bus to Te Anau
25 Dec - Kepler Track - warm up day walk
26 Dec - Commence 4 night circuit on the Routeburn and Caples tracks 
30 Dec - Return Te Anau to wash off the dirt and refill the pack 
31 Dec - Commence 9 nights on the Dusky Track from Lake Hauroko 
9 Jan - Return to Te Anau 
10 Jan - Head to Queenstown and travel homeward

Participants can join the entire trip, or just the Routeburn/Caples loop or Dusky Track sections.

To find out more and discuss this trip, send an email to Rick ( This trip is strictly limited. The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” and is sure to book out completely. Arrange an in-person meeting to discuss the trip in detail and the possibility of participating prior to making any formal plans or booking flights.

• Air travel to New Zealand 
• Various bus and boat connections to start or finish hikes 
• DOC Hut and camping fees 
• Accommodation in Te Anau 
• Food and incidental costs.

• Contact Rick (

Putting your name on a social media list does NOT indicate participation. An email to Rick is the way to signal your interest in this trip.

It is up to each participant to be fully prepared, on time and ready for this trip. We travel and explore as a group of friends each accepting the personal risks involved with this type of activity. We watch out for eachother and we are focused on everyone having a safe and enjoyable trip.


DOC NZ - Dusky Track

Dusky Track - Trip Reports

DOC NZ - Routeburn Track

DOC NZ - Greenstone and Caples Tracks

This event is planned for members of Hike Out, the friendly, diverse and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts where everyone is always welcome. Find out more at

Earlier Event: 12 December
Wollangambe Canyon
Later Event: 12 February
The Castle