Archive for August, 2010

Okaka or Port Craig – what’s your favourite?

For a short lodge description, see our last post

https://fiordland.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/volunteer-at-one-of-our-lodges-for-free/


Volunteer at one of our lodges – for free…

We are lining up volunteer helpers for our lodges throughout summer.  This is a great opportunity for you to get away from it all for a couple of days to week or so and meet other like minded people walking the track.

Our remote lodges are in a totally different category to DOC huts.  Each lodge has a modern gas fire to keep the lounge nice and toasty plus and optional hot showers and premium rooms with super kingsize beds available to freedom walkers –  we are the only walking track in Fiordland that offer this service and as the word gets out, its getting more and more popular!

Hear the birds, watch the dolphins swim by

Our lodge at Port Craig is on the edge of Te Waewae Bay on the south coast.  A couple of minutes bush walk to Mussel Beach we have a resident family of Hector’s Dolphin and amazing sunrises.  In the 1920’s Port Craig was a remote sawmill community.  Many artefacts and of course huge viaducts still remain for you to read about and explore.

Spectacular location for comfortable facilities

Okaka is an alpine wonderland!  Spectacular 360 degree views from the nearby loop track of the coast, Te Waewae Bay, Stewart Island, Solander Islands, and of course Fiordland mountains and lakes.  Absolutely breathtaking.  The loop track  winds around alpine tors and tarns and beautiful native gardens.  Deer are often seen from the lodge balcony.

Generally these days you have to pay to volunteer right?!  Not with us – as long as you are happy to walk between lodges you can experience our paradise for FREE this season – and food is included!  All we ask for is a couple of hours helping per day – what a deal… get in quick, our volunteers last season loved it!

“I just have taken another look at my pictures and thaught of you! THANK YOU for the nice time as a volunteer. I miss my time in New Zealand and wish to be there now in winter :)” Kerstin, Germany

Contact Kate, our operations manager for more information on this once in a lifetime experience.

Email Kate@humpridgetrack.co.nz


Destination Fiordland photo comp – great prizes!

The Okaka Loop Track

This is a great opportunity to dust off those photo albums (or like most of us, look in your ‘Fiordland Adventures’ photo file) and admire your prized shots of your Hump Ridge experience. 

The Hump Ridge is just one of those places where you will inevitably run out of memory (or film) in your camera.  Whenever I’m lucky enough to be on the track I can’t help adding to my photo folder – there is always something new I need to capture – the light, clouds, colours.  Love it!

Go on – take a minute and have another look at your captured memories.  The priceless photo when you finally got to the top and discover “it was worth it!” Okaka Loop track rewarding you with it’s 360 degree views.  Balancing on the overhanging Luncheon Rock infront of the Southern Ocean on the way down the ridge or walking over the largest wooden viaduct in the world.  Amazing to think it was built by hand. 

There are so many of those priceless pics out there showing how Fiordland made you feel – this is your chance to show fellow kiwis, and win great prizes!  

Entry into the photo competition is free, all you have to do is post a hard copy of your photo(s), and entry form (matted 8″x12″) to 

Te Anau Information Centre – Lakefront Drive, P.O.Box 49, Te Anau. 

Now, I know there are lots of you out there who just don’t have the time to get them printed, post them away etc.  All you need to do it send a CD with your photos on it to the Te Anau Photoshop, (with the completed entry form for each photo) and they will do the rest for you!  How easy is that?!  Details on the entry form.

I just talked to them and it costs just $10 per photo.  You can call them with your credit card details or send a cheque with your cd.  As simple as that!  you will have your hands on that $500 in no time…

All the terms and conditions are on the entry form (link just below), along with instructions for displaying your photos etc. 

http://www.fiordland.org.nz/files/Photo-Comp-Entry-Form-2010.pdf 

GOOD LUCK! – Oh and before I forget we are giving away a freedom walk package for the best Hump Ridge photo… got to be in to win! 

Now, I’m off to hunt for my own priceless picy before I forget!