Remote lodges

2014/2015 We are always open!!

The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track operates in two “Season” modes. Summer and Winter. A variety of service levels and scheduled transport are available during these seasons. We are of course happy to operate at any time of the year for minimum numbers! Visit Amazing Port Craig in incredible views from Okaka Lodge.

Season Dates Helipack Track Transport
Winter 18th April to 22nd October charter charter
Summer 24 Dec 2010 to 31st  March 2011 Thursday, Friday or by charter daily

Summer season

Lodges fully commissioned with lodge manager on site. Gas cooking and heating, full kitchen equipment, lighting, Licensed bar, Fully stocked shop including Back Country Cuisine meals, Rental sleeping bags, Sleeping bag liners,Upgrade options to private room with linen. You can even do a freedom walk and pay $10 for a hot shower and fresh towel!! how good is that!!.

Fully guided options leave every Friday but all packages can run on demand.

Track Transport is on a daily basis and a quick call to 0800 humpridge or calling into the Office in Tuatapere should provide you with all the information you need.

We can provide charters out of Invercargill or you can use Tripsntramps or tracknet from Te Anau or Queenstown.

RentaDent also do a great deal for rental cars and WILL NOT CHARGE YOU for days you are on the track.  Cant get better than that.

Helicopter Services Thursday, Friday  or by charter. Please call the office for bookings 0800 486774

Winter season

“Winter mode” – yes it is still a great time to tramp and in fact many enjoy the extreme isolation. You do however need to watch the weather!
Helipacking, track transport and “Freedom” options are only available by prior arrangement please check here for details. The lodges are unserviced with no gas, cooking equipment or hot water. Solar Lighting is operational, with running water and toilet facilities available. A Lodge Manager or staff member maybe present. Book the Winter Walk here


Okaka or Port Craig – what’s your favourite?

For a short lodge description, see our last post

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.