• Waitutu Lodge
  • Wairaurahiri River
  • wooden viaducts over the Francis Burn, the Edwin Burn, and the Percy Burn.

Useful Info
What to Bring


  • Good warm clothing
  • Gloves, hat, wet weather gear
  • Good footwear
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pyjamas? or thermals - it can be cold at night
  • Food and drinks
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera, of course!

Please keep in mind that you are required to take out everything you take in (glass, cans, etc).  Only compostable or burnable rubbish may be left at the Lodge.

Cost of Accommodation

From 1 October 2015 the cost will be $35 per person per night.  A discount is available to SuperGold Cardholders from this date.  Your SuperGold Card must be sighted on booking.   A bedding-package is available at an extra $20 per night.  All accommodation and extras must be booked to ensure availability.

How to Get There

The nearest town is Tuatapere, which is 86km from Invercargill and 100km from Te Anau, on the Southern Scenic Route.


Fly in by helicopter, come in on one of the jet boats which make the trip regularly, or walk the Bluecliffs Beach/south coast track.


Helicopter: 20 minutes from Tuatapere or Clifden.


Jetboat: 1 hour from Lake Hauroko, 1 ¼ hour from Waitutu Lodge.


Drive/Walk: Drive to Rarakau, walk to Port Craig – 6 hours, stay overnight at the old school or Hump Ridge Village, then 5 hours walk to Waitutu Lodge.

From Tuatapere turn onto Papatotara Road and follow the signs to Bluecliffs Beach.  The first 21km are sealed and the remaining 7km are gravel road of a good standard.  Cars can be left in the carpark (at the owners risk), signposted in front of the Rarakau Station homestead, 150 metres past the track entrance.


Ask at the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Office for specific directions, and booking for the Lodge.




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 Or through our booking agents:


If you are travelling by jetboat, the boat operators will book your accommodation for you.  You have two operators to choose from:


Wairaurahiri Jet

Phone 0800 376 174


Click here to email Wairaurahiri Jet


Humpridge Jet

Phone 0800 270 556


Click here to email Humpridge Jet



If you are walking in, you can also book your Lodge accommodation through the Hump Ridge Track:


Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Phone 03 226 6739


Click here to email Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Associated Operators

Other operators who provide travel/tramping packages linking to the Lodge, are:


Heli My Way

Phone: 027 5688 204
Postal Address: 17 Findlay Road, RD2, Otautau 9682
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Southwest Helicopters
Phone: 03 249 7402
Click here to email Southwest Helicopters

Accommodation in Tuatapere

If you wish to stay overnight in Tuatapere before or after your journey to the Lodge, you may like to book at one of the following:


Waiau Hotel

47 Main Street,  Tuatapere

Phone:    03 226 6409    

Fax:          03 226 6354

Website:  www.waiauhotel.co.nz

Click here to email Waiau Hotel



Tuatapere Motel, Backpackers & Holiday Park

73 Main Street,  Tuatapere

Phone:               03 226 6250

Fax                      03 226 6252

Reservations:   0800 009 993

Click here to email Tuatapere Motel



Five Mountains Backpackers

Cnr Half Mile/Clifden Rds,  Tuatapere 

Phone:     03 226 6720