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Your contact at Hump Ridge Track: Office
Contact number: +64 3 226 6739

Address: 31 Orawia Road
Tuatapere
Southland 9620
New Zealand

Postal address: As above

Directions: Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Office is situated at 31 Orawia Road, Tuatapere. Entering Tuatapere from the south (from Invercargill) continue along Main Road to the intersection of Orawia Road and Bridge Street. Entering Tuatapere from the north (from Te Anau) cross the Waiau River to the intersection of Bridge street and Orawia Road. The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Office is situated at this intersection in the Tuatapere Information Centre, the large brick-red building, information signs outside.

Website: http://www.humpridgetrack.co.nz

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Hump Ridge Track
 

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a 3 day / 2 night circuit tramp with all the qualities of a great walk.
The track climbs high on to the Hump Ridge and Okaka Lodge at 890 metres (2920 feet). A scenic loop track amidst sandstone tors and mountain tarns offers 360 degree panoramic views of Stewart Island, the Southern Ocean and the wilderness of Southwest Fiordland. The track then descends along the Hump Ridge to the South Coast track, along old tramlines and across mighty wooden viaducts to historic Port Craig. Bush and beach tracks following Te Waewae Bay complete the circuit.

Introduction
Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track has all the qualities of a great walk. The track winds across some of New Zealand’s wildest land, leading trampers through parts of Fiordland National Park, along an alpine ridge, through forest, across Maori land and along deserted beaches of the south coast of the South Island.
The very existence of the track is something quite special, a reflection of Kiwis love for tramping and the ‘can do’ attitude of a small rural community. Unlike many other track projects that are administered by the Department of Conservation ( DoC ) this track was conceived by the local community and then built with the same pioneering spirit and hard work that built the timber town of Tuatapere itself.
From an idea floated at a Tuatapere Promotions meeting in 1988 a charitable trust was formed to build the track and facilities, raising over $3 million and obtaining permission from private land owners and DoC . It was an amazing effort that resulted in the track opening in November 2001 as the first and only privately operated,
independent tramp on public land. New Zealand’s newest tramping challenge.

The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a 3 day / 2 night circuit tramp. It climbs high on to the Hump Ridge and Okaka Lodge at 890 metres ( 2 920 feet ). A scenic loop track amidst sandstone tors and mountain tarns offers 360 degree panoramic views of Stewart Island, the Southern Ocean and the wilderness of Southwest Fiordland. The track then descends along the Hump Ridge to the South Coast track, along old tramlines and across mighty wooden viaducts to the historic Port Craig. Bush and beach tracks following Te Waewae Bay complete the circuit.

Itinerary
Pre-Tramp Day - Arrive at Tuatapere
Check in at the track office to uplift accommodation passes and track notes between the hours of 3.00pm to 5.00pm. This briefing should take only 15 minutes but is compulsory.

Day 1 - Drive Tuatapere to Rarakau
Walk to Okaka Lodge.
Walk 7-9 hours / 19km
Track Transport departs Tuatapere 7.30am for Rarakau - the start of the track. You may also drive your own vehicle to the start of the track. There is a fenced carpark.
Follow the coast before heading inland at Flat Creek climbing steadily up on to the Hump Ridge. Bush gives way to sub alpine tussock grasses and finally the Okaka Lodge.

Day 2 - Walk Okaka Lodge, Percy Burn Viaduct, Port Craig Village
Walk 7 - 9 hours / 19km ( 11.4 m )
The big day so up early with the sunrise. Traverse along the Hump Ridge then descend through ancient marine terraces of beech and podocarp forest to the coastal track. An old logging tramway leads across the massive Percy Burn viaduct, the highest remaining wooden structure of its kind in the world, to Port Craig Village.

Day 3 - Walk Port Craig Village to Rarakau. Drive to Tuatapere
Walk 5 -7 hours / 17kms
Explore the site of this pioneering village with a chance to see the rare Hectors dolphin by the old wharf. Walk coastal forest tracks and beach sections back to Rarakau.

Packages
Freedom Walk - 3 days / 2 nights
For the keen independent tramper. Includes accommodation at Okaka Lodge and Port Craig Village.

Freedom Plus - 4 days / 3 nights
For the independent walker who would like everything organised and a hot shower at the end of the day. Includes Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Tuatapere, Okaka Lodge and Port Craig Village bunk room accommodation, hot showers and sleeping bags on the track, helipacking on the first day Rarakau to Okaka and a souvenir cap.

Upgrades available:
Premium Bedroom - Super King Double or Twin Singles
Hot Showers
Helipacking - Have your pack flown from Lodge to Lodge, chose 1 sector or all three.


Guided Walk - 4 days / 3 nights
For the experienced walker wanting all the creature comforts. Includes gourmet meals, hotel accommodation in Tuatapere, track transport, twin single or super king bed with linen and hot showers at the Lodges, helipacking, helicopter flight across the bay, accompanying guide.


Both Lodges have for sale:
A full range of NZ wines, beers and juices.
Snackbars, chocolate, freeze dry meals, insect repellant, footfleece and other small goods.

Other Options

Viaduct Walk - walk in to Port Craig Village and stay two nights to explore the old Sawmill site and viaducts.

Jet Boat the Wairaurahiri - an exhilarating way to finish off your walk. From the southern ocean to Lake Hauroko.

Heli Hump - take a helicopter to the top of the Hump. Stay the night in a private room for two. A luxury hamper can be provided for your enjoyment.

The track office and Tuatapere Information Centre is at 31 Orawia Road. Check in here to pick up your Hut Passes, leave your intentions, get updates on weather and track conditions, browse the shop for all your tramping needs or arrange onward bookings.

Can I do it?
A moderate to high level of fitness is required. To enjoy your walk you need to be able to walk for 7 - 9 hours over 17 - 19km ( 7 - 11 miles ) each day. The first day on the trail you climb steeply to over 900m. The descent from the Hump Ridge is long but gradual. Sections of the track can be muddy at times.
The track is a mixture of boardwalk and steps, natural tracks and remains of the old tramline. Track transport and helipacking options are recommended for those that may find the track times or conditions a big challenge.
The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a challenging 3 day hike and one to “knock off”. Upon completion you will most likely be weary and worn, but carry a deep sense of achievement.

Transport
A range of scheduled transport offers services to and from Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill. We are happy to make these arrangements on your behalf.
Our own shuttle can offer an on demand charter service for groups.
The road from Tuatapere to Rarkau is 19km and includes 7km of unsealed road. Rarakau is the end of the public road . Vehicles can be left at the nearby Rarakau Carpark for a koha or donation. The South Coast track starts 200 metres from the carpark.
Track Transport provides a daily service during the summer season from Tuatapere to Rarakau Carpark. Helipacking can transfer your backpacks from hut to hut and helilifts are available for the non walkers.

Weather
The weather is unpredictable. That’s the beauty of it. Extreme conditions can develop at any time. Be prepared and have warm, waterproof equipment. In winter months there can be some snow on the tops.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Please check our website for a comprehensive list of these.
www.humpridgetrack.co.nz

Contact Details
Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track
31 Orawia Road,
Tuatapere

Ph 03 2266739

These are the businesses and places of interest that Hump Ridge Track supports or are happy to affiliate themselves with (shown with blue markers):

- Hump Ridge Track (center the map)
- Hump Ridge Jet-Wairaurahiri Adventures (center the map)

 

 

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