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This difficult, tramping track starts from Teal Bay Hut at the southern end of Lake Hauroko, and follows the lakeshore to a junction with the route to Lake Poteriteri.
From Lake Hauroko, the track climbs steadily through mature beech forest before opening out onto sub-alpine tops marked with orange snow poles. This section can be very wet underfoot and difficult to follow.
A large orange marker shows the entrance back into the forest, where the track descends towards the coast and joins with an old logging road.
This road passes through privately owned Māori land, with public access available courtesy of the owners. After approximately 5 km the track reaches the South Coast Track at Track Burn.
This track starts from Teal Bay Hut at the southern end of Lake Hauroko, or from the start of the South Coast Track, at Rarakau carpark.
To get to Teal Bay Hut, see Lake Hauroko to Teal Bay Hut Track.
To start the track from Te Waewae Bay (Rarakau carpark), see South Coast Track.
Know before you go
This is a tramping track so you will need good fitness and moderate to high level backcountry (remote areas) skills and experience, including navigation and survival skills.
South Island ▷ Southland ▷ Tuatapere
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