View to the LakeHump Ridge Track
View to the BeachHump Ridge Track
ViaductHump Ridge Track
Trees and FernsHump Ridge Track
TorsHump Ridge Track
Rest and LookHump Ridge Track
Port Craig RelicHump Ridge Track
Just for TwoHump Ridge Track
Just for OneHump Ridge Track
Count the BoardsHump Ridge Track
Clouds Above and BelowHump Ridge Track
Cloud BlanketHump Ridge Track
Board Walk through the TreesHump Ridge Track
Port Craig Take OffHump Ridge Track
The Hump Ridge Track overlooking Te Waewae Bay (Bluecliffs Beach, where Hector’s dolphins and Southern right whales are sometimes seen), is a 3 day/2 night circuit offering spectacular views over the south coast and inland lakes.
The highlight for most is the loop track at the top of the Hump Ridge range which winds around soaring limestone tors and offers panoramic views of south-west Fiordland, the Southern Ocean, and Stewart Island.
This circuit track has all the qualities of a Great Walk and more. The first day leads hikers from sea-level up through native forest to the Hump Ridge, providing sweeping 360° views of the south coast far below and the peaks of the Southern Alps marching northward.
From the Hump Ridge, the track descends almost back to sea-level, and then traverses along old tram lines and across mighty wooden viaducts to the historic Port Craig. A bush and beach track following Te Waewae Bay completes the circuit on the third day.
Developed and managed by the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Charitable Trust, it is the only walking track in southern Fiordland that offers such comfortable facilities to independent trampers. Trampers also have the option to have themselves or their packs flown to the lodges by helicopter and enjoy a hot shower and comfortable bed.
Contact the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track office for full accommodation details and track description: Hump Ridge Track Website
Day 1: Rarakau car park to Okaka Lodge (9 hours, 19 kilometres)
Day 2: Okaka Lodge to Port Craig Lodge (9 hours, 19 kilometres)
Day 3: Port Craig Lodge to Rarakau car park (7 hours, 20 kilometres)