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Dusky track?

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Dusky track?

Hi-

After reading through LP tramping in NZ, the Dusky track looks interesting. If you have done it, can you please share your view on this track, pictures would be lovely, too. Are there any side trips we should be aware of? Would you do it again, I've read, it's quite a challenge due to the wet conditions and some people liked it others not so much.

How difficult was it to arrange the transportation to and from this track? Really appreciate the help

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Hi Boleslav,

The Dusky track is a serious undertaking, and not for the faint hearted.

Here's a link to the DOC website on the track

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Real Journeys ooperate the boat to West Arm (Manapouri) which is the northern end of the track. I haven't bee able to find out about scheduled trips on Hauroko ( the southern end) but if you contact DOC they could advise you.

Here's a excerpt from the safety section.

Safety information

Plan properly for your trip and ensure your party has a capable, experienced leader. It is recommended that groups carry a Personal Locator Beacon or a Mountain Radio. Topographical maps covering the Dusky Track are available and are very useful for navigation.

Take adequate food, clothing and equipment, and allow for weather changes and possible delays. Portable stoves and fuel must be carried. Take care with river crossings. Sections of the Dusky Track flood easily. If in doubt, sit it out.

Complete an intentions form at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau, sign the hut books and notify the Visitor Centre on your return. Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

Know the symptoms of exposure. Act quickly by finding shelter and providing warmth.

Keep to the tracks. If you become lost - stop, find shelter, stay calm and wait for searchers to arrive. Do not move away from the area unless absolutely sure of direction and location.

During winter the track is often impassable due to snow, ice and avalanches. Check at the Te Anau DOC office about conditions.

IMO unless you are a serious tramper looking for a real 'off the beaten track' experience, there are better and more enjoyable tracks. For example the Kepler Track, or the Hump Ridge Track, but there are many more

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