Otago Youth Adventure Trust
Milton Rotary Tramping Club

South Coast Track

An exciting new addition to our Trip Calendar!

If you have any queries about any of our trips, please contact the trip co-ordinator for that trip. Thank you.

 Trip Date for 2023; 5-9 March 2023

Price; $1195.00


The South Coast track heads into the southern reaches of the Fiordland National Park. The track takes us along the rugged southern coast of the South Island that borders the Southern Ocean - where there is nothing between us and Antarctica but sea. 

The track itself travels along both beaches, bush tracks and an old bush logging tramway so it is nearly (but not completely) flat. It does have sections of mud in places but also has 4 very large wooden viaducts that we cross – including the Percy Burn Viaduct that is one of the largest wooden viaducts in the world. On the western end of our tramp we enter the stunning Waitutu forest - a virgin forest that has never been milled so represents a small insight into what NZ's forest might have once been like - there is even a large flock of wild kaka and tui.

Another highlight of our tramp is catching the Wairaurahiri Jet for our ride down the Wairaurahiri river from the Lake Hauroko road end. The boat ride lasts 90 minutes and is one of the most spectacular jet boat trips in the world as we drop around 200 metres of altitude over 34kms of Grade 3 rapids. This river is the fastest-flowing navigable river in New Zealand and is a breath-taking ride! The Wairaurahiri River is sometimes referred to by locals as "New Zealand's longest waterfall".


Day 1: Bus leaves the Leviathan Hotel in Dunedin at 12.00pm for Tuatapere, stopping on the way for afternoon tea at your own cost.  Our first nights accommodation is at the Backpackers in Waiau in dorm style rooms. The evening meal will be served at their Cafe which is included in your trip fee. Breakfast is provided before heading out to the start of the track.

Day 2: Tramp from Rarakau Carpark (the start of the Humpridge Track) to Port Craig Lodge 20km (5-7 hours)

Day 3: Depart Port Craig on a 16km walk to Waitutu Lodge. Experience the amazing Percy Burn Viaduct whilst walking along the old railway line. 

Day 4: Day walk from Waitutu Lodge into the Waitutu Forest as far as Angus Burn or further if party capabilities allow. The forest and terrain just gets more impressive the further west you go. Stay second night at Waitutu Lodge.

Day 5: Jet Boat 90 minutes up the Wairaurahiri River to Lake Hauroko to meet the bus, then homeward bound. 


Our buses leave from the Leviathan Hotel in Dunedin. We can pick you up enroute. Prices are all based on travel from Dunedin and there is no discount if we pick you up enroute.  

We organise all the food and equipment to cook it with. You help carry it, cook it and eat it. Your share of the food/equipment you need to carry will be approximately 2kg. You will need to bring your own utensils and plate/mug, and sleeping bag. 


Tim Wiel

Phone; 021 294 5051

Email; southcoast@ortt.org.nz


Trip Schedule

Dates Trip Name Price (NZ/Overseas)
5th Mar 2023 - 9th Mar 2023 South Coast Track South Coast Track FULL
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