We have assembled the following list of frequently
asked questions. Feel free to contact
us if you can not find the answers to
All meals, accommodation, transfers, hut
and guiding fees, camping and cooking equipment
and maps. We provide all linen. We have packs
and wet weather gear available. All you really need to bring are your own personal belongings and hiking equipment.
Well to sum it up .... your own personal
belongings....we will provide the rest. For
comprehensive "What to Bring" information
click here. Many people have their own favourites
and it does depend a little on the walk you
are doing... some people like walking sticks
and gaiters can come in pretty handy on the
Hmmm interesting question. Four Seasons in
One Day... well that's how New Zealand's
favourite son Neil Finn described it in one
of his songs!
Fiordland being as it is there is most probably
a heavy rain warning due or just been. Stewart
Island has over 250 days a year when it rains
but it comes and goes pretty quick and we
do our best to dodge the big clouds...needless
to say good light wet weather gear is a big
This can all change on the tops of Dusky
Track and yes we can get snow up there pretty
much any time of the year ... golden rule
be prepared for anything then when it is
fine and sunny it will be even more of a
Summer daytime temperatures will range from
about 10 to 20 degrees Celsius and night
time wont get much colder than 5.
Evenings can be a little cooler but all many
of the huts and lodges have heating.
You will enjoy your hike a lot more if you
are well prepared. You need to be able to
carry a medium sized backpack for 4-8 hours
over 10-21km each day. We encourage you to
set your own pace while walking the track,
there is no need to keep up with the fastest
The track surfaces vary from beaches, natural
tracks, boardwalk, old tramlines and rough
terrain broken up by rocks and tree roots.
We recommend you wear hiking boots, which
provide firm ankle support on the more challenging
If you are not a regular walker, we suggest
you begin a daily walk regime at least 6-8
weeks before your departure. Some practice
carrying a pack and uphill and downhill walking
during this time will make you even better
prepared for your walk.
Easy. Your own personal belongings.
Your pack is likely to be 8 - 12 kg.
Yes we do have sandflies in many parts of
Fiordland and Stewart Island but we will
save the stories for when you get here. In
the bush they are not so bad, and in cold
or windy weather you are fine. However we
recommend you do wear insect repellent each
Generally you will be able to leave any excess
luggage in safe keeping at the beginning
of your trip at the hotels/motels where you
are staying. If you do not finish where you
start we can arrange for luggage to be forwarded
to your destination.
Generally the hotels/motels where you are
staying will store you vehicle while you
are walking if you are staying on your return.
We will confirm this with your accommodation.
In some places we recommend taking public
transport rather than leaving a vehicle in
a remote area. Never leave valuables ( passport,
cameras etc.) in your vehicle...it is not
worth the drama.
If you would like to return your vehicle
we can arrange a shuttle from the nearest
depot. Sometimes on long term rental packages
it is just as cheap to "hang on"
In most cases yes. On our Stewart Island hikes there are showers at Halfmoon Bay but not on the trail. On the Dusky Track all
bets are off!
Many of lodges have hand washing facilities
with soap powder and drying rooms. Public
DOC huts generally have a limited water supply
and no separate basins so no.
Special dietary requirements are happily
catered for. Please do let us know preferences.
No problem. Our groups are small and by the
end of the trip you will all be on first
Many of the shelters along the tracks have
toilets. These are back country toilets, some long drops, some compostable. Most of the lodges have flush toilets.
Depends on your interests. Most walking is
done from November to April. Some of the
tracks are also nice to walk in Winter. Peak
periods are Christmas / New Year, February and Easter. Some of the popular tracks
are busy all summer season.
In November and December the mountain flowers
are just coming out and there is still snow
on the surrounding mountains. Great visuals
for the keen photographers. Generally January
and February are warmer – not necessarily
dryer. March is more settled – fresh
mornings, sunny days and crisp cooler nights.
The days are getting shorter.
Guided Walk lodges are run on solar and or
generator power. Public DOC huts have no
power. We recommend you bring your own small
torch or headlamp.