The Hump Ridge track is a three day 61km loop track in Fiordland National Park, that takes you along stunning beaches on the south coast of Southland, through forest, up to the sub-alpine zone of the Hump Ridge for spectacular views plus see the Percy Burn viaduct, reputedly the largest surviving wooden viaduct in the world. This track in gaining more in popularity each year.
The track is rated medium to hard so an excellent level of fitness is required to walk for 8-9 hours each day carrying your pack. The track provides board walks, steps and normal track walking conditions.
Day one: Our transport leaves the Leviathan Hotel in Dunedin at 12.30pm for Tuatapere, stopping on the way for afternoon tea at your own cost. Our first nights accommodation is at the Backpackers in Waiau in dorm style rooms. The evening meal will be served at their Cafe which is included in your trip fee. Breakfast is provided before heading out to the start of the track.
Day two: The transport takes you to the start of the Humpridge which then starts with a climb from the Rarakau car park at sea level to the first hut (Okaka Lodge) at 890 metres.
Day three: The track takes you back down to sea level with views of the historic viaducts and a walk along the old bullock track to Port Craig with its historic relics. The night is spent at Port Craig Lodge.
Day four: The final day consists of bush walking, then out on to several small beaches, finally finishing back at the car park where our adventure started. Arrival time back to Dunedin is approximately 8pm.
Huts are supplied with cups, crockery and cutlery. Bunk rooms sleep eight people in each with pillows supplied.
Packs can be heli lifted to the first hut, this is available for an additional cost and can be booked at Tuatapere the night before leaving to start on the track, note this service is subject to weather conditions. (The details of this service including cost will be advised before the tramp.)