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Fiordland Hump Ridge Track Hike & Heli Flight 4D3N, Fully Guided

Fiordland Hump Ridge Track Hike & Heli Flight 4D3N, Fully Guided

Fiordland Hump Ridge Track Hike & Heli Flight 4D3N, Fully Guided

$2,250.00

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At A Glance Departures

Walk the Hump Ridge Track, a 4-day-3-night journey of natural discovery across remote wild landscapes in the towering prehistoric native forest with sweeping views of Fiordland, the Southern Ocean and Stewart Island. Unusual sub-alpine flora and fauna, historic viaducts, and potential encounters with endangered New Zealand wildlife infuse this pure Middle-earth experience. This moderate to hard walk will definitely delight wilderness lovers and challenge the seasoned hiker. 

South Island's dramatic southern extremity has an ‘edge of the world' quality. Hump Ridge track is a wilderness treasure set in a bizarre sculptured landscape of house-sized rock tors, icy alpine tarns and weird limestone formations. Walking the Hump Ridge Track is a life-changing experience. The physical exertion will challenge but the rewards will take your breath away.

You'll enjoy a short helicopter flight to take you across Te Waewae Bay and heli-pack your pack (max 15kg) up the hill on Day 1. Wooden boardwalks ease your passage on the climb to the Hump Ridge. At 1000m, you feel ‘on top of the world’. The summit has a Lord of the Rings atmosphere and offers panoramic views of southern Fiordland and Stewart Island.

The next day is a steep descent following to a fascinating coastline where you trek along an old logging tramway that crosses mighty viaducts, including Percy Burn, the largest surviving wooden trestle bridge in the world.

The final section is a pleasant ramble along marine terraces clothed in some of the last remaining virgin beech in Waitutu Forest.

The walk is led by highly knowledgeable and experienced guides. Along the way your experienced local guide will bring to life the diversity of the landscape, vegetation, wildlife and captivating stories of historic viaducts and early pioneering families. At every stage your tour will be enhanced by the knowledge and passion of the field guides who work tirelessly to ensure each guest is safe, engaged and well fed. 


At the end of each day, you'll return to your cosy backcountry lodges in superb locations, and enjoy 3 courses dinners.

Adventure into the harsh but spellbindingly beautiful surrounds of the South Island’s Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track. This challenging and incredibly rewarding experience will be an adventure you remember forever.

Departure Dates:
Departs every Friday on request. Tuesday departure can also be arranged on demand.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for other departure dates. Or simply book online. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    Fiordland - Walking Capital of the World: Fiordland is one of the southern hemisphere's great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features, exceptional beauty and role in demonstrating the earth's evolutionary history.

    Fiordland's National Park is over 1.2 million hectares in size, encompassing mountain, lake, fiord and rainforest environments offering extraordinary scenic beauty.


    The Hump Ridge Track, Fiordland National Park
    The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a 3 day loop walk that takes hikers along the south coast of New Zealand, up to the sub-alpine zone of the Hump Ridge and over historic viaducts in the heart of native forest.

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  • Accommodation

    Enjoy 3 night accommodation exclusively for the use of the guided walkers.

    The Cliffs Seaside Lodge
    The seaside accommodation is situated in Tuatapere, on the edge of Fiorland National Park, offering sea & mountains views from every room and walkway to remote Southern Ocean Beach.with direct access to the beach from your accommodation.


    Okaka Lodge
    At almost 1000m, Okaka Lodge is the highest point on the track.


    Port Craig Lodge
    Port Craig lodge, at sea level, offers trampers the chance to soak weary limbs in the Southern Ocean.

    Both Okaka and Port Craig Lodge also offer king-sized bed (or two singles), all bedding, linen and towels supplied, and even a hot water bottle. They also feature gas heating & cooking, solar lighting, flush toilets and shared bathroom facilities.

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Food

    Meals include cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and 3 course dinners. There is fresh fruit available and snacks are also supplied for your walk.
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  • What's Included

    - 3 nights accommodation in backcountry lodges (single supplement available at additional charges). Including one night stay at The Cliffs Seaside Lodge, and 2 nights stay at private lodges along the track during the walk. Premium rooms with a king-sized bed (or two singles), all bedding, linen and towels supplied, and a hot water bottle.
    - Expert guides from the Southland region. They are trained outdoor enthusiasts who will explain the natural and human history of the area.
    - Small groups (maximum 12)
    - A short helicopter flight to take you across Te Waewae Bay
    - Heli-pack your pack (max 15kg) up the hill to Okaka on Day 1. Note: on day 2 and 3 you have to carry your own pack
    - Fully catered with cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and three course dinners. Snacks and fresh fruit also provided for your walk
    - Return shuttle transfer from Queenstown or Te Anau to the walk
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • What's included

    - 3 nights accommodation in backcountry lodges (single supplement available at additional charges). Including one night stay at The Cliffs Seaside Lodge, and 2 nights stay at private lodges along the track during the walk. Premium rooms with a king-sized bed (or two singles), all bedding, linen and towels supplied, and a hot water bottle.
    - Expert guides from the Southland region. They are trained outdoor enthusiasts who will explain the natural and human history of the area.
    - Small groups (maximum 12)
    - A short helicopter flight to take you across Te Waewae Bay
    - Heli-pack your pack (max 15kg) up the hill to Okaka on Day 1. Note: on day 2 and 3 you have to carry your own pack
    - Fully catered with cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and three course dinners. Snacks and fresh fruit also provided for your walk
    - Return shuttle transfer from Queenstown or Te Anau to the walk
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Arrive at Tuatapere
    Day 2: Approximately 12 km, 5 - 6 hours
    Day 3: Approximately 20 km, 7 -9 hours
    Day 4: Approximately 20 km, 5 -7 hours, return to Queenstown or Te Anau

    Total: Approximately 52 km
  • WALKING GRADING


    A moderate to high level of fitness is required to complete this walk. If you are not a regular walker we suggest you begin a daily walking programme at least 8 weeks before your departure. Gradually increase the distance you walk and introduce a backpack with some weight inside. Staircase or hill climbing is strongly recommended as you will be climbing over 800M on the first day of your walk. The track surfaces vary from smooth well formed paths to rough terrain broken by rocks and tree roots.
  • GUIDES & SAFETY

    Your Guides are trained outdoor enthusiasts who will explain the natural and human history of the area. They pride themselves on their safe, efficient and friendly service. All Guides are trained in First Aid and are in radio contact with each other, the Lodges and the office at all times. Your safety and comfort is paramount and your Guides may have to adapt the day's walk depending on the groups' fitness and weather or track conditions. While they will make every effort to meet your needs please adhere to their professional decisions if circumstances demand this.
  • Getting There

    The departure point is Queenstown or Te Anau, New Zealand.

    We provide private car or helicopter transfer service. Please contact us to quote and arrange private transfer. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Weather and Climate

    In New Zealand, January and February are the warmest months of the year (summer), and July is the coldest (winter). Fiordland in the south is generally colder than the north, but weather varies throughout the region and can change rapidly within a day.

    Summer in Fiordland offers the warmest days (e.g. between 10 - 18°C. Winter temperatures (between May and November) can be between 1 - 9°C (example from July), however cold weather can occur at any time of year.

    Fiordland Hollyford Track walk temperature

    (Data sourced from www.fiordlandnz.com, Units = °C)
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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