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Lissy148 wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
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!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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MElliott_51 wrote a review Mar 2021
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand154 contributions11 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Graham Roberts wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland, New Zealand134 contributions162 helpful votes
What a great hike. Great scenery and history supported by staff on the track eager to please. This is not an easy hike but the rewards are worth it. A bonus was the ability to have sheets in bunk (no sleeping bag to carry), food available at hut including Tuatapere sausages! (Again less weight). Mostly very good track but a bit of mud. A step above what you find at a typical NZ DoC hut. Book it!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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nzp0ppy wrote a review Mar 2021
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand14239 contributions451 helpful votes
We did our research first so knew exactly what we were in for and it didnt disappoint. We knew it was challenging, and we were prepared and did lots of mountain walks. The scenery was stunning - beach, goblin forest, copper coloured plants on the ridges and the stunning lookout. Then viaducts, beaches and coast. Loved having the comfortable beds with linen and a hot shower. Porridge in the morning was great (although an early sitting is needed for the slower walkers). the “hut” shop was a great idea. The huts were very comfortable. Our biggest complaint is that we arrived back at the finish for our pickup at the designated time 2.30pm. But three of us were cold and wet and hungry and had to wait another 3 hours waiting for two people who didnt meet the pickup time. These two people were slow walkers and hadnt even left the last hut when we did (fast fit walkers). we should not have to wait and be penalised for walkers not even attempting to get to the pickup on time. Seriously, if you are unfit, cant walk uphill for 5 hours or afraid of heights - you should not do this walk. its a wlk for those who want a challenge and prepared for it. My suggestion is to take your own vehicle to start finishnpoint (we wish we did).
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Date of experience: November 2020
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clarebs wrote a review Mar 2021
West Coast71 contributions22 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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