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.
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.
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.
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
- Helipacking leaves you free to enjoy
your walk at ease
- A moderate to high level of fitness is require
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.
a detailed itinerary, options and complete list of what is
included in your Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Guided Walk click
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.
a detailed itinerary and complete list of what is included in your
Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Freedom Plus
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
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