The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is New Zealand’s newest and provides a wide variety of scenery during the three-day/two night walking experience.
The track passes through landscapes that include coastline, the world famous Waitutu coastal marine terraces, podocarp and beech forest, to sub-alpine settings and spectacular sandstone outcrops. Walkers see unique wildlife which include seals, Hector dolphins and keas.
The area is rich in history for both Maori and European cultures. Key attractions are the recently restored Percy Burn Viaduct and the Edwin, Sandhill and Francis Burn Viaducts
The recommended direction for walking the track is from the Blue Cliffs Beach car park to the Okaka Hut on the Hump Ridge, and then to the Port Craig Village before returning to the car park at Blue Cliffs Beach. The track takes three days with the first night spent at the Okaka Hut and the second night at the Port Craig Village.
The recommended direction may change from time to time depending on track and tidal conditions and management requirements.
Forty walkers are permitted to stay in each hut at any one time. Booking is essential to guarantee hut accommodation. You may encounter guided walking on the track.
Accommodation passes must be uplifted from the Booking Office by 5pm the day before track departure or on the morning of departure.
No camping permitted within 500 metres of the track.