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19 April 2015: Winter season

It is now winter season on the Hump Ridge Track (19 April 2015 until 25 October 2015).

During this season Okaka Lodge requires advance reservation - book online at the Hump Ridge Track website The lodge has reduced facilities: there are no gas stoves or kitchen equipment, heating, running water, or radio. Port Craig Lodge is closed - hikers can use the DOC Port Craig Hut (hut tickets/passes required).

Expect tree falls with recent strong winds. Snow maybe present on the alpine section

Introduction

A 3-day loop with marvellous views from sub-alpine tops and rugged coastline in southern Fiordland. Hut bookings required.

Track overview

55 km loop

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Experience stunning beach, forest and mountain views on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track.

Loop Track and Hump Ridge.
Loop Track and Hump Ridge

The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a 55km, 3 day loop walk that takes trampers along the south coast of New Zealand, up to the sub-alpine zone of the Hump Ridge, and over historic viaducts (bridges) in the heart of native forest. The highlight is a loop track at the top of the Hump Ridge range which winds around soaring limestone tors and offers panoramic views of south-west Fiordland, the Southern Ocean, and Stewart Island.

The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a unique partnership between the Tuatapere community and DOC, it is a private walk operated by a Charitable Trust. 

Mussel Beach Humpridge Track.
Mussel Beach

The Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable Trust offers walkers a variety of ways to enjoy the track:

  • Freedom Walk - with multi share accommodation at Okaka and Port Craig Lodges
  • Prime Package - for those looking for a little luxury
  • Guided Walk -  for a fully guided experience

 The South Coast Track is a DOC operated track which joins the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track.

Walking guide

Day 1: Rarakau car park to Okaka Lodge –19km (7-9 hours)
Day 2: Okaka Lodge to Port Craig Lodge –19km (7-9 hours)
Day 3: Port Craig Lodge to Rarakau car park –17km (5-7 hours)

Places to stay

Two private backcountry lodges are available on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track.

  • At almost 1000m, Okaka Lodge is the highest point on the track.
  • Port Craig Lodge, at sea level, offers trampers the chance to soak weary limbs in the Southern Ocean and see the rare Hectors dolphins.

The lodges sleep up to 40 people each and are fully wheelchair accessible.

Okaka Lodge.
Okaka Lodge

Facilities

Guests sleep in individual bunk beds, with 8 beds to a room. Lodges are gas-heated and have flush toilets and solar lighting throughout the complex. The lodges have fully equipped kitchens with cooking gas, crockery, cutlery, pans and utensils for trampers’ use.

Both Lodges also have a licensed bar and shop. Free porridge and brown sugar is provided each morning at the Lodges.

Both Okaka and Port Craig Lodge also offer premium upgrade rooms for trampers with a king-sized bed (or two king singles), all bedding, linen and towels supplied, and even a hot water bottle. Hot showers are also available.

Booking and prior payment is essential for use of the lodges via the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track office.

Note that DOC hut passes cannot be used for these lodges.

Getting there

Hump Ridge Track.
Hump Ridge Track

The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is 1 hour from Invercargill, 1.5 hours from Te Anau and 2 hours from Queenstown.

This track starts from the Rarakau carpark, Bluecliffs Beach in TeWaewae Bay, southern Fiordland (cars are left at the owner's risk).Return Track Transport to/from Tuatapere can be arranged.

Know before you go

This track requires a reasonable to good level of fitness: the walking days are long and some sections are steep and rugged.

The track and private lodges are managed by the Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable Trust. Advance booking and payment is essential for use of the track and lodges. Upgrade options include heli-packing, heli-lifts and track transport.

For more information contact the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track office.

Contacts

Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 249 7924
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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