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Surreal limestone outcrops peer down on marine coastal terraces in the ancient Waitutu Forest and across Lake Poteriteri to the rugged mountain ranges of this massive World Heritage area.
The Waitutu area was visited by early Maori on their way to gather pounamu and their tracks lead along terraces and beaches similar to today's track. A coastal track to Cromarty built in 1896 was followed by a telegraph line in 1908 to Puysegur Point lighthouse. Then in the 1920's Port Craig sawmill, New Zealand's largest and most modern of the time, led to the construction of a bush tramway and four viaducts across ravines.

rom Te Waewae Bay the track climbs high on to the Hump Ridge and Okaka Hut. Take the scenic loop track for panoramic views of the southern Ocean and Southern Alps amidst limestone tors and mountain tarns. Descend back to the south coast track through pristine forest, along old tram lines and across a series of wooden viaducts including the mighty Percy Burn thought to be the largest remaining wooden viaduct in the world. Explore the historic Port Craig Village with a chance to see rare Hectors dolphins before returning via bush and beach trails to the start of the track.

On top of the world high on the Hump Ridge Ridge

The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a challenging 3 day hike and one to "knock off". At completion you will most likely be weary and worn, but carry a deep sense of achievement. Two modern back country huts provide a comfortable base to explore New Zealand's new frontier in tramping experiences. Spend a few nights to capture the area in all of it's glory.

  • Coastal, bush and sub alpine terrain wrapped in one
  • Modern back country huts with gas heating, solar lighting, kitchen
    equipment and drying room
  • Hot showers for Freedom Plus and Guided walkers
  • Helipacking leaves you free to enjoy your walk at ease
  • A moderate to high level of fitness is require

Guided Walk - 3 nights from $1,295

Get the full story when you take a guided walk. Learn about the rich history of the area and some insight in to native and rare plants flourishing in the area. The guided walk option includes accommodation in our premium rooms with super king bed (or you could upgrade to the self contained cabins), hot showers, helipacking and sumptuous meals .... all those creature comforts available in modern back country huts.
For a detailed itinerary, options and complete list of what is included in your Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Guided Walk click here.

Freedom Plus - 3 nights from $445

For the independent walker who would like everything organised and a hot shower at the end of the day. Includes backpacker accommodation in Tuatapere, Okaka Hut and Port Craig Village bunks with hot showers and sleeping bags, track transport, helipacking and souvenir T-shirt.
For a detailed itinerary and complete list of what is included in your Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Freedom Plus walk click here.

Freedom Walk - 2 nights from $90

For the keen independent tramper with own transport. Includes Okaka Hut and Port Craig Village.
For a detailed itinerary and complete list of what is included in your Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Freedom Walk click here.

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