Otago Youth Adventure Trust
Milton Rotary Tramping Club

South Coast Tramping and Lodge Trips

2025 Dates now confirmed.

Booking date to be advised in due course. 

Price TBC

Trip 1 - Tramping Trip: 15th - 18th March 2025

Trip 2 - Lodge Based Trip: 22nd - 25th March 2025

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

Tim Wiel 021 294 5051 southcoast@ortt.org.nz

 

ABOUT;

The South Coast track heads into the southern reaches of the Fiordland National Park. The South Coast track is close by to 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 stunning 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. For the tramping trip the track gets down onto several beaches (beyond Port Craig) that have expansive views of Te Wae Wae Bay and on clear days views of Stewart Island. 

On the western side of the Waitutu Lodge/Wairuarahiri River both trips get the experience 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. We also get to hear from the Waitutu Lodge caretaker some of the amazing history and heritage of the SILNA lands we are travelling on.

And yet another highlight of our tramp is catching the Wairaurahiri Jet along the Wairaurahiri river and across Lake Hauroko. 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". Lake Hauroko is NZ's deepest lake and is locked away in a timeless forest and is often cloaked in mist ... creating a mystical place to visit! The lodge only trip gets two jetboat rides ... up and down the Wairaurahiri River and the tramping trip gets the exhilarating down trip only.


ITINERARIES

TRIP 1 - Tramping Trip: 15th - 18th March 2025 Jet Boat > Waitutu Lodge > Port Craig

Day 1: Vans leave the Leviathan Hotel in Dunedin at 9.00am for Tuatapere, stopping on the way for lunch at your own cost. The vans will drop you off for an afternoon Jet Boat Ride, 90 minutes down the Wairaurahiri River from Lake Hauroko to Waitutu Lodge. 

Day 2: Spend the day exploring 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 the night again at Waitutu Lodge.

Day 3: Depart Waitutu Lodge on a 16km walk to Port Craig. Experience the amazing Percy Burn Viaduct whilst walking along the old railway line. Here we'll spend the evening before walking out the next day. 

Day 4:  Tramp from Port Craig Lodge 20km (5-7 hours) to Rarakau Carpark (the start of the Humpridge Track). Then homeward bound. 

 

TRIP 2 - Lodge Based Only : 22nd - 25th March 2025 Jet Boat > Waitutu Lodge > Jet Boat

Day 1: Vans leave the Leviathan Hotel in Dunedin at 9.00am for Tuatapere, stopping on the way for lunch at your own cost. The vans will drop you off for an afternoon Jet Boat Ride, 90 minutes down the Wairaurahiri River from Lake Hauroko to Waitutu Lodge. 

Day 2&3: We Stay both nights at Waitutu Lodge and the day options depend on your fitness and preference:

Day 4:  Jet Boat back up the Wairaurahiri River. Then homeward bound. 


TRANSPORT AND FOOD;

Our vans 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. 

CONTACT;

Tim Wiel

Phone; 021 294 5051

Email; southcoast@ortt.org.nz

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