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Hump Ridge Track Walk

Start:TuatapereTours run:November - April (weekly-Fridays)
End:Tuatapere
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Duration:3 days/3 nights
US$1,317.88
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A Special Walk Through A Precious Southern Forest


The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Walk in the Fiordland National Park in the South Island of New Zealand, is tucked away in the Waitutu forest, an ancient native forest on marine terraces.

The Waitutu Forest was famously described by botanist Professor David Bellamy as 'probably the most important forest in the world'.

This guided walk over moderate terrain is in the heart of south-west New Zealand's Te Wahipounamu area — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The nearest town is scenic Tuatapere on the mighty Waiau River. One of its best features: a lovely domain featuring tranquil native bush walks.

Mountains, rivers, birdlife, and virgin podocarp forests abound. Come and enjoy one of New Zealand's wildest and most beautiful areas.


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Walks depart every Friday.

 


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The Hump Ridge Track


A Special Walk Through A Precious Southern Forest

 
The Hump Ridge Track is set in Fiordland National Park's stunning Waitutu Forest.

This fully guided walk takes you to the heart of Te Wahipounamu — a Unesco World Heritage Site in New Zealand's extreme south-west.
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Arrive in Tuatapere For Briefing


Welcome! Aim to arrive at Tuatapere at about 5 pm at the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track office to meet your guide and your fellow walkers for a briefing on your itinerary. Your experienced local guide will explain the measures in place for the next 3 days, to ensure your safety in this wild part of New Zealand.

Later, you can return to your hotel, to relax ahead of tomorrow's walk. You may like to try some local Fiordland fare, such as the famous Blue Cod. Dinner tonight is at your own expense.
 


Day 1: Tuatapere to Okaka Lodge


You'll start your day with an unforgettable helicopter ride over Te Waewae Bay. Then your walk begins. The first stage involves hiking up a ridge to Stag Point. It's a challenging but rewarding climb through beautiful bush, and features stunning views. Near the top you'll see the islands off the South Coast, as well as the many mountains and lakes of Fiordland.

Tonight you'll stay in Okaka Lodge (890 m), just below the ridge summit. It's a memorable place to stay, and features commanding views eastwards. Unwind with a hot shower and a glass of wine, or, if you're in the mood for more walking, follow the fully board-walked loop track above the lodge. This walk has spectacular 360° views over the Southern Fiordland lakes and mountains, Solander and Stewart Islands and Te Waewae Bay.

The lodge is also a great base for botanical exploration around the Hump. This area features mountain daisies, alpine buttercups, hebes, and a wealth of orchids. Another iconic local species: the distinctive 'pineapple shrub', which looks like the top of a pineapple.
 


Day 2: Okaka Lodge to Port Craig Lodge


Today you will carry your own pack. We strongly suggest you rise early to catch the famous spectacular sunrise the ridge is famous for! After breakfast, you'll head downhill down the Hump Ridge, with great views of Te Waewae Bay, the South Coast, the Waitutu terraces and the mountains. You'll then walk over 3 huge wooden viaducts en route to Port Craig Village and your lodge.

The viaducts were built in the early 1920s to open up the Western Southland forests to logging. The viaduct at Percy Burn (36 m high, 125 m long), is the world's largest surviving wooden viaduct.

Today, Port Craig Village is virtually deserted apart from its old schoolhouse, now a Department of Conservation hut. However, in its 1920s heyday, it hosted a bustling sawmilling industry, including the country's largest and most modern sawmill. The Marlborough Timber Company employed over 200 men, and produced up to 1800 m3 of timber a month. Logs arrived via a tramway. Unfortunately, the business went bankrupt.

Port Craig Lodge is an ideal base for exploring the local history. A 5-minute walk takes you to Mussel Beach, with further sawmilling relics including an old pier. Rare Hector's dolphins are often seen in the bay. Maybe you'd like to brave a dip in the Southern Ocean!
 


Day 3: Port Craig Lodge to Rarakau Farm


Today you will carry your own pack and walk under native bush canopy and along beautiful golden beaches to your final destination. Near the coast are dense forests of native rimu, miro, totara and rata. There are rocky structures offshore, and fossilised forests formed through tidal and weather variations over millions of years. You'll see Blowholes Beach, named for its ring of rocks that waves blow through.

You will finish this wonderful walk via wild, lonely Bluecliffs Beach. You'll then be transported from the Rarakau Farm carpark back to Tuatapere.
 

**This tour is run in conjunction with another operator.
 
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Dates For Next Summer

 
Walks depart every Friday.

 


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Accommodation

 
Day One
  • A traditional country hotel, simple but comfortable private rooms, shared bathrooms, restaurant, guest lounge and bar facilities.

Day Two
  • Purpose built walkers lodge. Double/twin rooms with shared bathroom, communal lounge and kitchen.

Day Three
  • Purpose built walkers lodge. Double/twin rooms with shared bathroom, communal lounge and kitchen.

*Please note accommodation is double or twin share.
 
 

Food


You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.

If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.

All meals are included in your tour cost. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.



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Fully Guided


Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.


 
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Staff induction day


 
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What Do I Bring


For your safety and comfort, please note the following:

Silk thermals and cotton garments such as jeans are not recommended. Cotton and silk become damp and cold through your perspiration, and you will feel cold, even in a top quality raincoat.

Place all your clothing in plastic bags inside your pack liner for added rain protection. This is especially important in Fiordland, which can have high rainfall.

Pack all the following essentials, keeping your pack as light as possible as you will need to carry your own gear for Days 2 and 3.
 
  • Rucksack with waterproof cover and liner
  • Raincoat (waterproof) with hood – seam sealed garment recommended
  • Emergency blanket (Polarshield)
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Boots or strong walking shoes, with good ankle support
  • Woollen (merino) or polypropylene thermal underwear (top & bottom) — at least two sets.
  • Polar fleece jacket or top
  • T shirt
  • Fleece or wool hat
  • Gloves
  • Shorts/trousers
  • Woollen or thermal socks (3 pairs).
  • Underwear
  • Light shoes or sandals for the lodges
  • Change of clothing for the evening
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Blister pack and/or footfleece (Hikers Wool). Note these are also available from the Lodge shop.
  • Small torch
  • Any medicine or toiletries
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Food and snacks
  • Towel (for showering at lodges)
  • Money (cash/VISA/Mastercard) for refreshments and snacks.
Other things we recommend you bring are:  
  • Sun hat
  • Gaiters
  • Swimsuit
  • Spare laces
  • Journal
  • Any other personal items
  • Your sense of humour!
   

Safety and Risk Management


To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.

Dates For Next Summer

 
Walks depart every Friday.

 


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History

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The Hump Ridge Track


Flora and Fauna

The closure of the timber industry led to the track being built. It was a very long process and started with a trust being established in 1994.

After years of voluntary labour, extensive preparation, legal issues and negotiations over access to private and public land, the track was finally opened in 2001.

The Hump Ridge Track is a tribute to the community spirit of the small township of Tuatapere.

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