walking and hiking options for all levels

“This was one of the most memorable New Zealand experiences ever. Many thanks you are a wonderful team.”-- Dick and Dodi Cole, Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA

At Dunstan Downs, there are many walking and hiking options that you can enjoy. With over 30,000 acres to explore it is only limited to your adventure level and fitness level!

 Make sure you have warm clothing, good walking boots etc.

Most guests choose to do one of the day walks while the more adventurous (and fit!) do the full day walk to Fat Man’s Lodge where they stay over night before returning the following day.

One Day Hikes

The Day Walks include walking via Mother Raymond’s Gully or day trekking to the Ahuriri conservation area.

You can start your walk from the Homestead climbing up to the Wether Range. Follow the boundary fence along Killermont and descend via Mother Raymond’s Gully. At Ahuriri conservation, you can enjoy an easy day walk together with a picnic or bird viewing.

Overnight Hikes

Walking to Fat Man's Lodge is a 15 km walk on a 4x4 track, you hike through majestic open tussock countryside. At the top of your climb (6,000 feet) you’ll reach Old Man Peak with views ‘forever.’

The route then descends into the valley to your overnight retreat. This amazing overnight stop known as “Fat Man’s Lodge’ is a place where you can rest with an open fire and do a spot of stargazing. We provide pots; cutlery, plates and gas cooking facilities along with the 100 year old musterers hut with bunk beds.

You can find out more about the secluded retreat that is Fat Man’s Lodge here.