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Hump Ridge Track

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Closes in 20 min: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Excellent walk - very varied

Great variety of bush/forest/tussock country over the three days, including of course the steep bit... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Alps and Ocean

This track is amazing. It is diverse, challenging and the views are amazing. I felt blessed to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Queenstown, New Zealand
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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...more
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
31 Orawia Road, Tuatapere 9620, New Zealand
+64 3-226 6739
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All reviews port craig lodge hot shower private room okaka lodge long days great walk sleeping bag tree roots sea level hectors dolphins porridge beer and wine doc hut well worth the effort cooking equipment gin and tonic both nights
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great variety of bush/forest/tussock country over the three days, including of course the steep bit on day one, beautiful ridgeline and then heritage bits (viaducts, tramway, remains of sawmill town) on day two, finishing with more forests and beaches. I took the guided option -...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This track is amazing. It is diverse, challenging and the views are amazing. I felt blessed to see dolphins, deer, Kea and other bird life. It is truly Wild NZ. The lodges are amazing and the staff who manage the track do an excellent job...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank anne0liver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have walked most of the great tracks in NZ and loved them all ... But this is an amazing track from the sea to the snow line through amazing ancient forests ... It is long and pretty tough in parts and demanding on the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank alanclarke2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a private track (run by a Trust), and that shows when you reach the huts; gas fires, electric lights (solar power), very comfortable bunk rooms (with pillows and blankets!) and you can upgrade to a private double ensuite room if you want. Plus...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank KCiscasey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us did this walk a couple of weeks ago and loved it. The diversity of scenery and landscapes, not to mention the Hector Dolphins made it one of my NZ walking highlights. I really hope it gets 'great walk' status however perhaps if...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing scenery and huge diversity of landscapes. Starting at sea level & walking along windswept beautiful beaches then through lush green forests of ferns & massive native trees to topping out at around 1000m in tussocks & mountain flowers. Abundant birdlife including Kaka & Kea....More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Instro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked this track over Christmas and we had heard aot about it so was not looking forward to the hill on day 1. It ended up being both doable and gorgeous with little special bits like having to scoop water out of the last...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank jaspar2014
Reviewed 19 December 2018

Fantastic addition to New Zealand's tramping culture. Well-maintained, easy to follow, and I recommend getting down to the beach at some stage.

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Coneyhall
Reviewed 10 December 2018

excellent management to deal with - they have the finger on the pulse and very helpful. Huts are excellent - very good value. I liked the items that could be purchased. the hottie at the top lodge was bliss for $3 i should have prepared...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank GazNewZealand
Reviewed 18 November 2018

My husband and I, both in our 30's walked this in mid November. I had been blown away by some photos i'd seen on docs instagram, and heard that it was in line to become a great walk, so thought we should get in sooner...More

Date of experience: November 2018
5  Thank Plumgardiner
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Fabian R
18 September 2016|
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Response from Biddi1200 | Reviewed this property |
its a gravel road and easily accessible in any form of transportation :) have an awesome time!
21 October 2015|
Response from Humpridge T | Property representative |
For those that are getting transport they are usually picked up at about 2:30pm. A lot are off before then. If you leave early enough from Port Craig you would make it, although it would be fairly tight all the same.
21 October 2015|
Response from Cedric W |
Hi, You should reach the Rarakau Car Park [start/end of track], by around 2.30pm on the last day, and you would need about 1.5hrs at least to get to Invercargill Airport, so you are cutting it fine. A solution would be to... More