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The spectacular guided walk in New Zealand’s deep south owes its existence to Tuatapere’s hard-working residents. Deciding they needed something to bring people to their area, they put their heads together and the Hump Ridge Track is the result. Open since late 2001, it attracts plenty of visitors and is proof of what passion and a little team work can achieve.
The Hump Ridge is a challenging three-day track winding through 53km of the wilderness that is Fiordland National Park. Accommodation is in bunk rooms in back-country lodges, but upgrades to super-king or twin king premium rooms and hot showers are available for anyone wanting a little pampering en route. Helipacking is also a popular option; have your bags flown by helicopter or hitch a ride yourself to see the scenery in style.
One of the walk’s most popular features is Percy Burn viaduct, the largest-surviving wooden structure of its kind in the world. It was built in 1923, is 125m long and 36m high. Hikers will pass though through native bush full of tui and wood pigeon and along New Zealand’s rugged southern coast, where a family of rare Hector’s dolphins may appear in welcome.
However you do it, the walk is a must-do down when your down in South.
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