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jwatson03 wrote a review Apr 2020
Boston, Massachusetts11 contributions4 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Vivienne wrote a review Apr 2020
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The Hump Ridge track offers a great variety of scenery and walking experiences with very comfortable lodges to relax in. A good level of fitness will ensure you enjoy your hike.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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irene wrote a review Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Michael M wrote a review Feb 2020
Burlington, Canada7 contributions3 helpful votes
What a sight from 1000m!! The sea all the way to Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf (almost)...and subalpine forests with moss covered gnarly trees that look like a set out of Avatar.....in all honesty, this is not a walk but an old fashion Kiwi tramp...three days of poorly attended, mud-holed track, lots of precarious rooted scrambling, seductive boardwalks and stairs that look easy but will play havoc with your collateral ligaments.....and the satellite calculations across a number of our walkers make the three day distances 13.5km, 28km and 28km...despite cardiovascular fitness, good boots(essential) and layered clothing, we were exhausted at days' end....the staff at the lodges were wonderful..hard working, good cooks and enthusiastic about the special places in which they worked....our guides needed to be more like them....ready with enthusiasm and a hot drink during the sleet storm, honest with the mileage and terrain information, and more attentive to the needs of frustrated people in the group....bring your camera(lots of waterproofing) or cell phone cameras(there are opportunities to recharge at the lodges)...leave your modesty at home(three toilets and two showers for 14 people)....a one-time character building trip not to be repeated.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Kate M wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia127 contributions30 helpful votes
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This hike is amazing. The goblin forest is incredibly beautiful, which meant we were stopping a lot. It also meant we seemed to spend a lot of time rushing to make up time! You see, the days are long on this hike, especially in muddy, wet conditions like we had. 20km per day on average. And steep. But the views MORE than make this worthwhile. You have the option of helicoptering your bag (and yourself!) up to the first hut on some days. Much or the first day is the same as the last, so you don't miss too much. Bags can be packed light on this hike too. You can purchase backcountry meals, snacks, wine, beer, soft drink, chips, etc at each hut. You can even buy bangers Ana mash to cook up. And porridge is provided free each morning. So with not needing to take cooking gear, tent and even most of your food, your pack weight can come down to day pack proportions, nearly. Oh, I forgot to mention that you can buy a shower! And also upgrade to a double bed. The options available on this hike are many. The scenery was spectacular, except for a few sections (like the beach, which was at high tide, so we had to walk the boggy 4WD trail behind it). But get in quick because this one will be a great walk soon and once that happens, it will be hard to book in to.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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