Hump Ridge Track

Hump Ridge Track, Tuatapere: Hours, Address, Hump Ridge Track Reviews: 4.5/5

Hump Ridge Track
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hiking Trails
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7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a 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 in the heart of native forest. Our two backcountry lodges are in superb locations, each offering a unique stopping point along the walk. We are the only walking track in Fiordland that offers upgrade facilities to independent trampers. Why not enjoy a hot shower and super king-sized bed on your tramp? You can also have your bag, or yourself, flown by helicopter. Each of our lodges has disabled facilities and wheelchair access from the helipad, ensuring that everyone can enjoy our wilderness. Walking packages from $245. Bookings are essential - contact us for more information or to make a booking.
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MissSoloHiker
Vancouver28 contributions
I just finished my birthday hike at the Hump Ridge Track! It is definitely worthy to be the next Great Walks! The food at both Okaka Lodge and Port Craig Lodge were delicious. I did Milford Track with Ultimate Hikes last month but I think the food at Hump Ridge lodges were better! The sunrise loop walk at Okaka Lodge was spectacular but freezing cold. The guide Catherine was so thoughtful. Once I told her at the pre-hike briefing that it was my birthday hike. She arranged a birthday cake with a "R" initial candle for me at the Port Craig hut! Also, when I was in my private room at the Okaka Hut, there was a big moth flying and flapping its wings inside my room. It was late but I managed to find Catherine in the lounge. She managed to save a "damsel in distress" by catching the flying moth so that I could have a good night sleep! Wasn't that a world class service ;-)
Written February 16, 2022
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Lissy148
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
I walked the Humpridge track solo from the 28th March. I was impressed with the communication and ease of booking and getting additional information and really amazed at the undertaking and quality of the track that allows access to such a spectacular remote part of Fiordland. A huge thank you to all involved in the Humpridge !!
It was a truly fantastic 4 day experience for me. Cedric organised for me to be collected by shuttle from Te Anau at 6am so that I could make an early start on the first day which is a long walk and steady climb. Amazing kms of boardwalks through beautiful mature forest. I then spent 2 nights at Okaka lodge and upgraded to my own room which was a welcome contrast to sharing with 8 others in a bunk room. Having attained the high elevation and awesome views I wanted to be sure to enjoy being there & especially experience 2 sunsets and dawns. Vast numbers of photos were taken! I loved having the comfort of the lodge (it is in a spectacular location) to myself for most of the second day and enjoyed talking to the lodge managers and pest control manager about her trapping programme. The third day I spent descending to Point Craig. I loved that a lot of the track was along a high elevation ridge then entering a "goblin forest" of awesome mossy trees. There were also many hours of squelchy muddy strides but I expected this and had good gear which is essential- boots, gaiters & poles. This was a long day for me and I was last to make the lodge at sunset but that was because I lingered on the initial spectacular elevated section which I don’t regret. My 4th day was a walk out -again through wonderful forest and a lot of rimu trees and then along the wild coast by beach. I had intended to meet up with Wairaurahiri jetboats for an awesome looking expedition up the river of the same name. However, Johan had to cancel the trip because of unseasonal low water levels in the river…I will definitely return another time!
Written April 20, 2021
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clarebs
West Coast79 contributions
Seven women friends walked the Humpridge Track in March 2021. It was stunningly beautiful with long but managable days. Very lucky with the weather, we had beautiful views and it seemed we could almost see forever. The bush is extremely lush, I've never seen moss like it and I live on the West Coast of New Zealand.
The lodges were spotless, kitchens well stocked, tables and chairs were comfortable. The lodge managers and other trampers were very friendly.
Our group opted for the prime package with packs flown up to Okaka Lodge, sheets and towels on our bunk beds, hot showers included and also a freeze dried meal of our choice.
The beds were super comfortable but the only photo of accommodation on the website is of a queen sized bed in a private room. It does say shared accommodation but a queen sized bed is usually shared. The actual accommodation was excellent, miles better than the usual DOC sardine layout. The track managers should be proud of them and put photos of the bunkrooms on the website.
All in all I loved the walk and would do it again.
Written March 9, 2021
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Ashley_Mooney
Motueka, New Zealand55 contributions
The Humpridge Track organisation in Tuatapere is the only way to book into the lodges necessary to walk the Hump Ridge Track. I booked their Prime package, which includes taking my belongings to Okaka Lodge, allowing me to walk with just a day pack on the first day. They simply left my belongings in the office! When the error was identified, at 2:30pm, they did not immediately bring the belongings up. Nor did they deliver them to Port Craig Lodge on the second day. They simply left them in the office for three days. I assumed that they would refund me the cost of Heli Packing option, but no. They took no responsibility, made no apology, and offered no refund. Indeed they tried telling me that it was my fault that they had not put my belongings on their helicopter. This is a strange and untrustworthy operation. You have been warned.
Written February 27, 2022
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irene
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
I booked the guided three-day hike on the track which will soon be added to the Great Walks of NZ. There are many perks that come with the guided version and they justify, in my view, the cost of this adventure. It starts with beautiful pre-trip accommodation and dinner at The Cliffs Lodge. On the first day, a short heli flight cuts off a section of the track along the beach, which you will walk on the last day. The climb up to Okaka Lodge is not without challenges but the otherworldly forest makes you almost forget the effort. At the lodge you are treted to beds with bedding, hot showers and a three-course meal. Not to forget the incredible views! The second day starts with a ridge walk, mostly on boardwalk, followed by a long descent which can be muddy and challenging after a rainy night. It is a long day and I was very happy when the Port Craig Lodge came into view. Again, we received the same warm welcome and 'luxury' treatment as at the previous lodge. I should mention that, if you do the guided version, there are no other hikers staying in these lodges, just your small group. The third day is again a fairly long but the terrain isn't as hard. It is undulating with sections of walking on the beach. You can't help but feel a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the parking lot where the van and cold beverages are waiting for you. I have to thank our fabulous guides, Leon and Mat, and the friendly staff at the lodges.
Written March 10, 2020
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hannah
Christchurch, New Zealand207 contributions
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Instead of sharing how much I like this track, I think the information below can be useful:
If you travel solo, staying at Last Light Lodge before and after will make things easy. It also provides great food and coffee.

Smartly packed and essentials carried.

The map (the last picture) having time and distance of each section from the track office seemed a very good guidance;

Train very hard on steep climb beforehand and it will make you enjoy hiking; (I am fit so the steep climb was easy for me, the time I actually took: the first day 6 hours, the second day 5 hours and the last day 6 hours, including plenty photos and videos stops)

4 minutes shower time rather than 3, hot water was great, shampoo provided;

Pack clean base layers for each day as you could be completely toasty.

Waterproof socks (Brand: sealskinz) kept my feet always dry; Make sure test the waterproof socks ahead, the warm weather and soft touch socks were as comfy as merino socks. Gaiters were useful for muddy terrain;

Sandflies net was plenty used;

Around Okaka lodge and the summit can be very cold and windy, down jacket/warm hat recommended.

Drinking water at least 1.5 L per day.
Written January 1, 2022
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5Alex57
Wellington, New Zealand23 contributions
Just finished the Humpridge on Jan 9th , we were a group of 6, 12 in total. We took the guided option and Catherine & Bree were outstanding. Professional, supportive and knowledgeable. The helicopter ride at the start was exciting and a first for many of our group and then the walk began.. We had superb weather and we were rewarded after an epic climb with stunning views from our Lodge followed by pre dinner nibbles and then a dinner that wouldn't be out of place in a wellington restaurant and then there was the hotel quality beds.!! Thank you to staff at both the Lodges as there was alot of work to be done to get everything ready for multiple groups coming through the track. The variety of flora and fauna on this walk was a bonus - from the grunt of the climb, to the walk along the ridge and then down to Port Craig on day 2 and then meandering through the bush before dropping onto the beach and a final climb on day 3 to get to the end of the track where the van was waiting ( and then it started to rain!) Do it- !
Written January 12, 2022
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jwatson03
Boston, MA12 contributions
We discovered the Hump Ridge Track when our planned backpacking trips in Fjordland National Park were cancelled due to track closures. We were delighted with the Hump Ridge as an alternative. This 3 day-2 night tramp takes you from spectacular coastline through the fern forest and up to granite ridges and tors. The views, weather permitting, are outstanding, well worth the long hiking days.
Extensive sections of these trails have been left in their natural state, other than the addition of board walls to protect the vegetation - do not under estimate how strenuous they are especially when its been raining. A good level of fitness is required.

The huts are comfortable with shared bunk rooms and the option to take a hot shower (at an additional fee if you are on a self guided trip). We appreciated not having to carry in cookware and our own dishes and the camp store was well stocked with dehydrated meals (at comparable prices to the grocery store), sweet treats and beer/wine. The "hut masters" are knowledgeable and friendly and clearly experts at making porridge, a welcome breakfast before long days of hiking.

Hump Ridge has been selected as the 11th Great Walk so make the most of its relative anonymity and book a trip soon. You'll be glad you did!
Written April 24, 2020
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MElliott_51
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand162 contributions
Couples
This trip was amazing and accommodates all ages and fitness levels....plus the stunning views.Be aware it is a tramp and not a walk..quite different terrain and track quality. We chose to do this tramp with the guided option. The company were very organised and provided excellent assnistance especially when my husband could not manage the day 2 track..quick call and along came a helicopter to transport him to the 2nd lodge. I highly recommend this trip...especially when you can have the confidence of knowing this company will support your decisions and make them happen. Excellent lodges with great meals provided each day. Lots of history in the Port Craig area atound the lodge.Thank you to the team that looked after us so well.
Written March 31, 2021
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James D
Wellington, New Zealand22 contributions
This is a challenging but rewarding hike, the second half of day one, and the second half of day two, are tough going but manageable, whilst the rest of the days are good hikes especially along the board walks. The lodges are a real treat, with open fires, store cupboards full of treats, including an extensive range of wines and drinks. The beds are super comfy with fresh crisp linen which feel like paradise at the end of a long hike. The staff at the lodges are incredibly friendly, with a special mention to Anthony who managed to make everyone laugh. Ensure you pack for every eventuality, on day two of our hike we woke up to temperatures of minus 2 C and about 10cm of snow, and this was the middle of December!
Written December 13, 2020
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