Milford & Routeburn tracks closed

Published
07/02/2020

The recent severe weather events in Fiordland have had a significant impact on Public Conservation Land in this region. As a result, a number of tracks are closed. 

DOC say they appreciate trampers patience and understanding while they navigate through this challenging  situation. It is their priority to ensure staff and public safety. 

 

There's a lot of uncertainty and it will take DOC some time to assess the full impacts of this event. DOC are committed to working with trampers to get the best outcome for everyone. DOC said they appreciate that many of trampers rely on access to these areas for trampers business and this is a difficult time for them 

DOC will host a meeting with impacted concessionaires to update people on the situation and to talk through the critical issues. DOC encourage all those impacted to attend. Partnership is critical to resolving these issues. 

 

Te Anau - Saturday 08 February 2020, 2.30pm - Distinction Hotel, Turnbull Room

 

Queenstown - Saturday 08 February 2020, 8.00pm- Lake Hayes Pavilion 

 

Extensive damage to DOC tracks

The Milford Track will be closed while the Department of Conservation assesses the damage, considers options and undertakes critical repair work.  

 

The Routeburn Track sustained significant damage and is currently closed.  The track will require considerable repair work to be fully operational.

 

The Department's priority is ensuring people’s safety. Access to The Routeburn or Milford tracks will be restricted while we undertake an assessment of the impacted sites.


The Kepler Great Walk  and Fiordland National Park tracks south of Te Anau remain open and operational.  

 

Other tracks along northern Fiordland National Park, including the Hollyford Track, and in southern Mount Aspiring National Park (Glenorchy end of Lake Wakatipu) have also been damaged in the flood event.  Our team are trying to understand the extent of this damage to the track network at the moment. The scale of this weather event means this will take some time yet and there are some locations which remain inaccessible due to landscape and road closures.

 

You can see updates on road closures on the NZTA website

 

Please check the DOC website for updates on other tracks in the area.  If you need more information or authorisations, please contact permissionsdunedin@doc.govt.nz as the Department’s Te Anau and Whakatipu district offices are currently busy completing these assessments.