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Hump Ridge Track

The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a three-day loop walk that traverses along the south coast of New Zealand and requires a good level of fitness to complete comfortably. The 62km of the Hump Ridge Track takes you through sub-alpine wilderness of native forests to sea-level views. The track is operated under a unique partnership between the Department of Conservation and the Tuatapere Community.
The track is run by a Charitable Trust and hut bookings are essential.
Tramper on a boardwalk overtop of scrubby coastal vegetation

About the Hump Ridge Track

The Hump Ridge Track near Tuatapere on New Zealand's South Island is a hidden gem among the country's hiking trails. This 3-day, 62-kilometre-long adventure offers hikers an extraordinary journey through Fiordland and Southland's remote and pristine landscapes.

The track is named after the Hump, a distinctive ridge that offers breathtaking panoramic views, including the dramatic coastline and the distant peaks of the Southern Alps. What sets the Hump Ridge Track apart is its unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and innovative eco-tourism practices.

One of the highlights of the Hump Ridge Track is the Okaka Lodge, an eco-friendly wilderness accommodation perched high on the ridge. This innovative lodge showcases sustainable design and practices, harnessing solar power and rainwater harvesting to provide hikers with a comfortable yet environmentally responsible stay. The track also features interpretive signs and displays that educate visitors about the area's rich history, including its early Māori and European settlement. With its stunning vistas, diverse ecosystems, and commitment to conservation, the Hump Ridge Track is an unforgettable hiking experience that combines New Zealand's natural beauty with a deep respect for the environment.

Information About walking the Hump Ridge

The Hump Ridge Track can be walked independently or as a guided hike, and there are various packages available to include Helicopter assistance, pack transfers, or Jet Boat rides.

  • Freedom Walk: Stay in multi-share accommodation at Okaka and Port Craig lodges.
  • Prime Package: For the independent walker looking for some luxury - linen and hot showers are provided.
  • Guided Walk: Guided walking experience includes accommodation (linen & hot showers provided), meals, and pack transfer.

The modern huts located at Okaka and Port Craig have bunkrooms that sleep 8 people and both huts include a shop and bar facilities. All cooking equipment is provided, flush toilets, lighting, and gas heating. There are also upgrades available to stay in private rooms which include king-sized beds with linen and towels supplied, along with hot showers (extra cost).

For more information visit the Department of Conservation website and to make bookings, please visit the Hump Ridge Track website.

Passengers wishing to travel to or from Tuatapere must contact Hump Ridge Track to book their connections – no bus bookings are processed through Tracknet. The Hump Ridge Track timetable can be viewed at the Hump Ridge Tuatapere Transport website.

For bookings and further information, please contact the Hump Ridge Track office. Email: walk@humpridgetrack.co.nz or Phone: 03 226 6739 or 0800 486 774

Timetable (24th October 2023 - 1st May 2024)

To: Departure Times Adult Child Duration
Tuatapere 4:30pm – Book with Hump Ridge Track $75.00 $75.00 1hr & 15mins
Queenstown 7:05am, 11:30am, & 5:00pm (Tracknet) $59.00 $44.00 2hrs & 45mins
To: Departure Times Adult Child Duration
Te Anau 6:55am, 10:30am & 4:35pm $59.00 $44.00 2hrs & 45mins
To: Departure Times Adult Child Duration
Te Anau No scheduled departure
Queenstown No scheduled departure
Tuatapere – Book with Hump Ridge Track 12:30pm $75.00 $75.00 1hr & 30mins
To: Departure Times Adult Child Duration
Te Anau 3:00pm – Book with Hump Ridge Track $75.00 $75.00 1hr & 15mins
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