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Waitutu Track

Coastal tracks provided access for early Maori on their way to find pounamo (greenstone) and the track today follows a similar path. The Waitutu Track is a four day all inclusive guided walk starting in Tuatapere.

The Wairaurahiri River winds its way down from Lake Hauroko, where the remains of a Maori princess are said to rest in the clefts of a rock, to the South Coast. Here you explore the stunning Waitutu Forest, the largest piece of untouched native bush in New Zealand, from the comfort of the Waitutu Bush Lodge.

Walking along the old forest tramline connected by a spectacular array of wooden viaducts, the next day takes us to Port Craig Village, once the site of New Zealand's most modern sawmill.

The final leg of the itinerary takes us around Te Waewaea Bay on the south coast track. Through bush and a long beach we reach the end of the road and a shuttle back to Tuatapere and civilisation.

After a good days walking recharge your batteries in our premium rooms at Port Craig and Waitutu Lodge, hot showers, clean sheets and sumptuous meals .... those creature comforts you needn't miss.

Percy Burn Viaduct
Percy Burn Viaduct - one of 4 viaducts on the South Coast Track

Features of the Waitutu Track

  • Follow the old south coast track forged long ago by early Maori
  • Walk through native bush and along southern ocean beaches
  • Across four giant wooden viaducts testament to an era past
  • David Bellamy called the Waitutu the most important forest in the world
  • A moderate level of fitness is required

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