Walking & Tramping

Hump Ridge Track

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Rarakau Car Park, 1304B Papatotara Coast Road, Papatotara

A world class outdoor experience, the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a 3 day loop walk that takes hikers along the south coast of New Zealand, up to the sub-alpine zone of the Hump Ridge, and over historic viaducts in the heart of native forest.

The approximately 61km track requires a reasonably good level of fitness; the walking days are long and some sections are steep and rugged. The highlight for trampers is a loop of track at the top of the sub-alpine Hump Ridge range that winds around soaring limestone tors and offers marvellous panoramic views of south-west Fiordland, the rugged southern coastline, and Stewart 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. This track was conceived by the local community of Tuatapere at a Tuatapere Promotions meeting in 1988 and a charitable trust was formed to build the track and facilities. It took 12 years to gain all of the consents from the government, obtain permission from private land owners, and raise over three million dollars in funding, but the track was finally opened on November 2nd 2001 by Prime Minister RT Hon Helen Clark. It is maintained by the Tuatapere Hump Track Charitable Trust, whose members are all volunteers from the local community.

The track and its private lodges are managed by this Trust. Advance booking and payment is essential for use of both the track and the accommodation. Each of the two backcountry lodges are in superb locations and sleep up to 40 people in individual bunk beds, with 8 beds to a room. They have gas heating, flush toilets, solar lighting, and fully equipped kitchens. They also offer disabled facilities and wheelchair access from the helipad, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the awe-inspiring wilderness. Upgrade options for walkers include heli-packing, heli-lifts and track transport.

Starting from the Rarakau carpark near Bluecliffs Beach in TeWaewae Bay, the first section of the Hump Ridge Track follows The South Coast Track, which is Department of Conservation operated.

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Tue 26 Jun 2018
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